Image: Scott Wiggins
Image: Scott Wiggins

Johnny Curran puts pen to paper on new Coventry Blaze deal

Canadian forward Johnny Curran has become the second import player to re-commit to the Coventry Blaze, joining goaltender C.J. Motte in returning to the Skydome Arena for the 2021/22 season.

Of Curran’s re-signing, Blaze head coach Danny Stewart said: “Johnny came in and had a great rookie season for us. We love his speed and skill, and feel he can play a bigger part this season.

“He was on and off our powerplay last season and still managed to put up good numbers. He will get a chance to consistently play there this coming season, and we believe he will produce.

“He made a good transition to the pro game, and we believe he will bring even more in his second season on and off the puck.”

Curran began his professional career with Coventry in 2019/20, producing 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 46 Elite League competition appearances.

However, with the 2020/21 season cancelled in the UK, Curran returned to North America last term, putting up 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 25 regular-season appearances for the Knoxville Ice Bears in the SPHL.

A stalwart of Niagara University’s NCAA programme, Curran made 131 appearances and accumulated 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) during a junior career that saw him earn the associate captaincy of his college team.

Blaze Signings So Far:

C.J. Motte – 29-year-old goalie, USA

Jordan Hedley – 24-year-old goalie, GBR

David Clements – 26-year-old defenceman, GBR

Ross Venus – 27-year-old forward, GBR

Alex Forbes – 25-year-old forward/defenceman, GBR

Luke Ferrara – 28-year-old forward, GBR

Johnny Curran – 26-year-old forward, CAN

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