Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that Matthew Phillips has joined the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Stockton Heat, who are the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the NHL, on an Amateur Tryout Agreement.
Phillips was drafted by the Flames in the sixth round, 166th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
A product of Calgary, AB, Phillips recently completed his second campaign in the WHL where he was named to the Western Conference First All-Star Team. Through 70 regular season contests, Phillips led Victoria in scoring with 90 points (50g-40a) and became the first player in Royals’ history to score 50 goals in a season. The Victoria forward also took part in six playoff games this season and registered three points (1g-2a).
Last season, Phillips was named the recipient for the WHL’s Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Phillips finished the 2015-16 regular season first in points (76) and goals (37) among all WHL rookies. Phillips also finished tied for first in the league in game winning goals (10), and tied for second in powerplay markers (16).
In 144 career regular season WHL games with the Royals, Phillips has earned 169 points (88g-81a).