Ramblers Lock Up Fife for Four More Years

The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers organization is excited to announce that we have renegotiated Phil Fife’s 2-year contract and extended it to a new 4-year deal.

The organization was very pleased with how this season ended and wanted to lock him in long-term.

Ramblers President Ron Lake said “When we first hired Phil there was a lot of public concern that he was not the guy for Amherst, but he wasn’t long in changing a lot of people’s minds. Having him live in town and putting the team back in the community was one of the best decisions the Ramblers organization has made in a long time. With Fife being named MHL coach of the year and now being in the running for coach of the CJHL it was a decision that I am very glad we made. We foresee a very bright future in the MHL for a long time to come.”

After signing his new contract Fife was very thankful and excited about the future.

“I would like to thank Ron Lake and the entire board for giving me this opportunity. It is a pleasure to coach in Amherst and something I do not take for granted. I look forward to continuing to help build the Amherst Ramblers program with our great staff and community. I would like to thank our sponsors and fans for their support all season long. It was truly amazing to see the support in the playoffs. Most of all I want to thank my players, I consider myself very lucky to call myself your coach”.

Fife was able to re-tool last season’s team and led them to a second-place finish in the Eastlink South Division, an improvement from the 2022-23 where the team missed the playoffs. The team also scored 61 more goals this season with 204. The team had the sixth-best power play rate (23.2%), improving from 17.6% in 2022-23. The team also finished sixth in the MHL in penalty kill percentage (78.0%).