No Admiral has appeared in more all-star games and no defenseman has scored more points as an Admiral than Chris Phelps. Phelps totaled 191 points in 281 games with the Blue and Gold from 1994-95 to 1998-99. Phelps led the team in scoring by a defenseman twice, was a three-time ECHL All-Star and helped the team win the 1998 Kelly Cup Championship.
Born in Lapeer, Michigan in 1973, Phelps signed as a free agent with the Hampton Roads Admirals before the 1994-95 season. Phelps’ rookie season turned out to be one of his best years as a professional. In 67 games, he notched a career high in goals (13), points (52) and penalty minutes (161) while tying a career high with 39 assists. He also earned his first trip to the ECHL All-Star Game and made his AHL debut, appearing in three games for the Cornwall Aces.
Over the next two seasons, Phelps skated in 98 games, recording 10 goals and 69 points with 214 penalty minutes. He led the Admirals in scoring by a defenseman in 1996-97 with eight goals and 45 points in 58 games and also earned his second ECHL All-Star Game selection.
The 1997-98 season was a memorable one for Phelps and his Admirals teammates as they eyed the team's third championship. Phelps appeared in 66 regular season games, recording four goals and 39 assists as the Admirals were the last team to qualify for the 1998 Kelly Cup Playoffs. He also skated in his third and final ECHL All-Star Game.
After defeating three of the top four teams in the Northern Conference, Phelps capped off a memorable playoff run for Hampton Roads on Wednesday, May 20. He notched a game-high three assists in the decisive Game Six of the Kelly Cup Finals. The Admirals defeated the Pensacola Ice Pilots in that game, 4-1, and brought the Kelly Cup to Hampton Roads.
The following season would be Phelps’ last as a professional. He appeared in 50 games in 1998-99, recording three goals and 27 points for the Blue and Gold.
In 281 games in Hampton Roads, Phelps compiled 30 goals and 161 assists totaling 191 points. He also recorded four assists and 14 penalty minutes in 22 career AHL games between Cornwall, Portland and Baltimore.