Ice hockey - Phantoms coach in new contract talks

Phantoms player-coach Slava Koulikov in action.
Phantoms player-coach Slava Koulikov in action.

Slava Koulikov is in talks to extend his stay as Peterborough Phantoms player-coach.

Koulikov has masterminded the city club’s finest season in years as they sit fifth in the English Premier League standings.

The former Slough Jets chief initially arrived on an 18-month contract in December 2013 and admits he is pleased with the progress the club has made.

Koulikov said: “I am talking to the club about the future. I am happy here and hopefully it will be sorted soon.

“It was tough to come in during a season and it was disappointing to miss out on the play-offs.

“If it hadn’t been for injuries to key players I feel sure we would have made it.

“This year we have hit our target quite comfortably and we will do everything we can in the play-offs to get to Coventry.

“The fans have been fantastic throughout my time here. It always helps to be able to rely on such good support whether we are winning or losing.”

Koulikov also plays an important role on the ice with six goals and 19 assists in the current campaign.

Phantoms continue their preparations for the play-offs as they chalk off two more regular-season games this weekend.

They travel to newly-crowned champions Telford on Saturday (March 7) before hosting Manchester at Planet Ice on Sunday (March 8).