Famous Burlingtonians

Cathy Phillips - Professional Hockey Player

Cathy Phillips is widely considered as the greatest women goaltender of all time.  She has lived in Burlington most of her life where she attended Burlington Central High School.  Phillips was voted Top Goaltender 14 times in the COWHL and named MVP twice. From 1982–9 she competed in the Canadian National Championships, earning 4 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals.  In 1987 and 1990, Cathy goaltended the Canadian team to 2 World Championships. Two months following this victory, Cathy was diagnosed with a brain tumor thus ending her playing career quite abruptly. Cathy battled back from her illness and spent many years coaching at various levels throughout the world of international women’s ice hockey. She was awarded the Isobel Gathorne Hardy Award in 2008. She continues to volunteer, is a speaker and plays goal at the recreational level. Cathy’s goalie sweater was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.