Steve Phillips, is a former member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization and a Master Skill Instructor with 45 years of playing and 25 years of coaching experience. Steve’s Phillips Hockey programs have been dedicated to the developing and educating players of all ages and skill levels since 1997. His programs have helped numerous players advance their careers into the Junior A, NCAA Division 1 Collegiate, and Professional levels. Students of Phillips Hockey have competed in over 25 different leagues worldwide and have come from as far as Russia and China for private training with Coach Phillips. Steve is fortunate to have worked with a select few individuals who have also gone on to win some of the most prestigious awards in sports including the Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal.
Steve had spent the last 25 years coaching youth hockey in Southern California and has worked with every level from In-house to 18AAA. Steve also continues to volunteer his time with the various introductory and beginner programs that make a strong effort to introduce the great sport of ice hockey to players of all ages. He is most proud of his work with individuals with autism, deaf athletes, and other special needs individuals who have had the desire and passion to play hockey.
Phillips takes pride in the development of athletes of all ages and believes that hockey is not only a great game, but is also a valuable tool for helping young athletes learn valuable life lessons. He believes that the priority of any team sport should be in the enjoyment of the game, but also believes that players must work hard to compete and improve themselves constantly. Hockey is a team sport and working together with your teammates is essential if you want to be successful. His belief that self-confidence is a product of the individual skill development process and that creating a positive atmosphere for the players is essential in their development as athletes and as individuals.
Certifications and Education:
- USA Hockey Level 5 Master Coach
- Master Skills Instructor
- ISI Powerskating Instructor
- NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
- Certified CPR & AED
D.O.B: May 21, 1972
Born: Canoga Park, CA
1st Year of Hockey: 1975
1st Club: Southeastern Blues
Other Clubs/Teams: Pasadena Maple Leafs, California Condors, California Golden Bears, Team California AAA, California Bears AAA All-Stars.
Junior/College/Professional Experience: Lytes Rustlers (NAJHL), Merrimack College (Div.1 Hockey East), Boston Junior Bruins (Junior A), Northeastern University (Div. 1 Hockey East), Minnesota Moose (IHL), Roanoke Express (ECHL), Nashville Knights (ECHL), Los Angeles Ice Dogs (IHL), Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL), Bakersfield Fog (WCHL), Columbus Cottonmouths (CHL), San Antonio Iguanas (CHL), Madison Monsters (CoHL).
Years Instructing Hockey: 25
Phillips Hockey Shops: 1981-1994
Phillips Hockey: 1981-Present
Other Sport Experience:
Inline – Dawg Pac (Pro Beach Hockey), Salsa (Pro Beach Hockey), Los Angeles Blades (RHI), Anaheim Bullfrogs (RHI), San Diego Barracudas (RHI), Phoenix Cobras (RHI).
Note* One of the first individuals to test and demo the original Rollerblades designed by Scott Olsen. Put on demonstrations at the Chicago Sporting Goods Expo and at the Los Angeles Zoo at age 11 and 12.
Golf – Teaching Professional, Junior Club Champion at age 12, 20+ years playing experience.
- 1999-2001 Played (PBH) Pro Beach Hockey which was broadcast on ESPN2 (99′ Salsa, 00′ Dawg Pac)
- 1981-1983 One of the first individuals to do testing & demonstrations for Rollerblade at exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles
- 1981 Father founded Phillips Hockey Shops & Phillips Distributing Company in Los Angeles, CA, which were the largest retail and wholesale ice hockey stores supplying the entire Western United States and Japan.
- 1975 Began playing youth hockey for the Southeastern Blues out of Norwalk, CA
- 1972 Born in Canoga Park, CA with season tickets to the Los Angeles Kings…the rest is history