#22 Phil Fife
5’10, 180 lbs.
Philip Fife takes home this week’s Bearcat-of-the-week honour.
In weekend games against Woodstock and Summerside, Fife played every shift as if it was his last. His tenacious, in-your-face play was not appreciated by his opponents but that’s his game. He also contributed a goal and an assist.
Fife started hockey in the Oromocto area in New Brunswick, working his way to the midget level with the Fredericton Canadiens. At the end of his first midget season in 2009, he was Woodstock’s first draft pick.
In his rookie junior season in 2010-11, he scored seven goals and picked up 11 assists as he adjusted to the higher level. Last year, his offensive output jumped to 15 goals and 23 assists on a Slammers team which won the Maritime Junior Hockey League championship, went undefeated at the Fred Page Cup and made the Royal Bank Cup national final.
Those experiences are invaluable and he brings them to this Bearcats team. An assistant captain, he leads by example when playing against the opposition’s top units. He and veteran Dylan McGuigan have been together each shift making life difficult.
He’s gained additional time in recent outings on the penalty kill. He’s a proven winner and is happy to do whatever he can to improve the lot of his teammates.
On Saturday the Bearcats go south to face a strong Yarmouth Mariners team.
Truro’s next home game is Jan. 19, when the Pictou County Crushers cross Mount Thom for a 7:30 p.m. matchup at Colchester Legion Stadium.