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Coventry Blaze sign Janne Kivilahti, complete roster for 2021/22

Janne Kivilahti, Coventry Blaze’s final signing of the autumn, will not make his EIHL competition debut this weekend (9-10 September), The Boar Sport can confirm. Although the 29-year-old Finn is unavailable for Coventry’s upcoming Challenge Cup double-header against the Cardiff Devils, the Skydome Arena outfit is “hopeful” that he could...
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Posted Oct. 6, 2021

‘Well respected’ Justin Hamonic unveiled as Coventry Blaze captain

Justin Hamonic will captain the Coventry Blaze during the 2021/22 season, the club confirmed in an official statement on Wednesday (22 September). The Canadian defenceman, who signed a two-year deal with the Blaze this summer, will be supported by Luke Ferrara, Ross Venus, and David Broll, who retain their associate...
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Posted Sep. 23, 2021

EIHL: Nathan Ripley signs two-way contract with Coventry Blaze

The Coventry Blaze have completed the signing of 19-year-old forward Nathan Ripley on a two-way contract for the 2021/22 season, The Boar Sport can confirm. Ripley, who will also ice for the NIHL’s Sheffield Steeldogs, is a 2002-born left-shot forward from Rotherham. The 6’0” left winger, a product of Sheffield’s...
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Posted Sep. 17, 2021

Excited to get back behind the bench, Danny Stewart means business

The Coventry Blaze’s return to the Skydome Arena has been a long time coming. Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, Danny Stewart’s side was flying high in the Elite League standings as the West Midlands outfit rode a wave of optimism heading into the post-season. Seventeen months have...
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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Ice Hockey: Reaction as Elite League unveils Premier Sports deal

The Elite Ice Hockey League and Premier Sports have struck a landmark deal that will see the broadcaster become the competition’s headline sponsor and exclusive television partner until the end of the 2023/24 season. During the upcoming campaign, Premier Sports will air 27 fixtures live, including 23 regular-season games, the...
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Posted Sep. 13, 2021

Coventry Blaze sign former Arizona State defenceman Joey Raats

Coventry Blaze head coach Danny Stewart has completed his 2021/22 blueline by securing the signature of 25-year-old Arizona State University graduate Joey Raats. The Las Vegas native will link up with David Clements, Justin Hamonic, Dillon Eichstadt, Nathanael Halbert, and Dane Gibson in defence, adding NCAA, ECHL, and Ligue Magnus...
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Posted Sep. 11, 2021

Coventry Blaze sign Russell and Mitchell-King to two-way contracts

Following the Elite Ice Hockey League’s decision to shorten benches for the 2021/22 season, the Coventry Blaze have opted to hand two-way contracts to domestic prospects Sam Russell and Austin Mitchell-King. The pair, who iced for the Blaze during the Elite Series, will train as part of Coventry’s roster while...
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Posted Sep. 2, 2021