"Mr. Admiral", Player, Coach, VP, GM
Born - May 1, 1948 in Port Huron, Michigan
Phil was with the team in some manner from 1972 until his retirement in July 2006, making him an easy pick to add to the hall of fame.
He played linebacker on Notre Dame's football team, but switched sports to play on their new
hockey team. He went on to become the first Fighting Irish alum to become a hockey pro.
After an unsuccessful try at making the roster of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1971, he
signed with the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association and moved to nearby Milwaukee,
where he would eventually call home.
His scoring numbers rank among the top in Admirals history, despite the fact the seasons were considerably
shorter back in the 70's. He was named the USHL rookie of the year in 1974 and won two USHL scoring titles.
His jersey #9 was retired in 1977 after he announced that he was hanging up the skates in order
to take a front office job with the Admirals. He would become the general manager of the Admirals in 1980, and
served five different stints as the head coach from 1980-97. In 1984, he was instrumental in forming the first ever
NHL top affiliation with an IHL team when the Blackhawks and Admirals had a deal for one season.
After the passing of team owner Jane Bradley Pettit in 2001, he did all he could to keep the Admirals from going out of business. A year after a new ownership group took over, he decided to retire as he felt that the future of the team was in stable condition.
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1968-69 Notre Dame NCAA 24 31 16 47 41
1969-70 Notre Dame NCAA 30 29 19 48 19
1970-71 Notre Dame NCAA 31 12 17 29 38
1971-72 Jersey Devils EHL 13 5 3 8 7
1971-72 Port Huron Wings IHL 6 0 2 2 2
1972-73 Milwaukee Admirals Indt 38 48 86
1973-74 Milwaukee Admirals USHL 46 47 93
1974-75 Milwaukee Admirals USHL 47 43 58 101 28
1975-76 Milwaukee Admirals USHL 48 35 44 79 48
1976-77 Milwaukee Admirals USHL 48 20 48 68 10