DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - Every time Steven Phillips takes the ice for St. Norbert he extends his school record for consecutive games played, currently sitting at 115 and counting. And he should have the NCAA D3 hockey record by the end of the season.
“You just said it and I got goosebumps,” St. Nobert hockey coach Tim Coghlin said. “It is a big deal. I don't know if people know how impressive that is. It's impressive. You know, an iron man streak, where you're playing game after game after game, you know he's dinged up. You know he is hurt. And he continues to show up.”
For his part, Phillips has an aw-shucks approach to his awe-inspiring record.
“It's just luck I guess,” Phillips said.
When pressed on if toughness played at least a part, he finally took a little credit.
“Toughness is part of it,” Phillips said. “Especially this year, senior year, getting old, getting hurt a lot more.”
Phillips needs to play in 5 more games to have the NCAA D3 record all by himself.
“It's like wake up, the sun comes up, and Steven Phillips is ready to go,” Coghlin said.
Growing up in Green Bay, Phillips to watching NFL iron man Brett Favre. Phillips feels it is no coincidence that he developed a blue collar mentality himself.
“It's what I grew up with, especially being from around here,” Phillips said. “But I never really thought about that until you said that. Especially being around the Packers, I think this town just has the character of being tough. Credit goes to the town of Green Bay.”
“I watched Steven for a long time,” Coghlin said. “Him being a local product, I saw him growing up, playing pee-wee hockey where my son is right now, up through his time at Notre Dame, then going away to play juniors, he's always been a really dependable, durable guy.”