He's back! Bronner re-signs with Tricks

by Casey Bryant

One of Danbury's key leaders is coming back for another tour of service. Phil Bronner, one of last season's alternate captains, has officially signed a PTO with the Hat Tricks for the 2020-21 season.

"I'm looking forward to next season," said Bronner. "After speaking with the new head ccoach Anthony Bohn, as well as Billy [McCreary], I expect us to contend to be a top threat to win the championship again."

“We are excited Phil is back in Danbury," said head coach Anthony Bohn. "He Is a big part of our leadership group that exemplifies the type of culture we have in Danbury. We are looking forward to him continuing to build on his successful shortened 19-20 season, on and off the ice.”

Bronner was an invaluable piece of the puzzle for the Tricks last season, finishing fourth on the team in points with 18 goals and 26 assists. He was one of only two players to play in all 46 games last season (Nicola Levesque being the other). He had 11 multi-point performances and tied for second on the team with five powerplay goals.

At 31 years old,  Bronner has one clear end-goal with the Hat Tricks: a Commissioner's Cup. After winning with the Watertown Wolves in 2015, he came tantalizingly close to another in 2016 as a member of the Danbury Titans falling in the final to the Port Huron Prowlers.

After the cancellation of the 2020 FPHL Playoffs, in which Danbury would have been a legitimate Cup contender, Bronner feels hungrier than ever.

"Really, it's unfinished business," commented Bronner. "Last year was so special, and so much fun. Struggling out of the gate those first 4 games and then finding our identity as a team, and becoming literally unbeatable for an 11-game stretch and most of the season...Last year we built our culture, this year I think we will have a little bit of a target on our backs, and we’ll be looking forward to the challenge."