JAN 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Fills Chapman Void
Blaze have lost one of the lynchpins of their team, but have moved
swiftly to form a new attacking dream team.
Chapman was released after being offered terms with the Colorado
Gold Kings of the West Coast League.
centreman, who has played an impressive part in securing the
Blaze’s place at the top of the BNL and getting into the
semi-final of the NTL cup.
final game was the thrilling away match at Guildford last week,
which the Blaze won 2-1 in overtime. Despite being popular with the
Blaze faithful he decided to head Stateside after receiving an offer
he couldn’t refuse.
a replacement has already been lined up in shape of Claude Dumas,
recently released by Milton Keynes Kings.
Coach Paul Thompson said knew that he had to act quickly to find a
replacement for the popular Canadian:
an extremely difficult proposition to find a quality player
halfway through a season, with a GB passport stamp, willing to
join a team in the UK, and that will fit in with our team.”
believe that we have made a very sound move to sign a player of
undoubted quality, with a proven scoring touch, to enable the
Blaze to continue our quest for silverware in our first season
here in Coventry."
Claude to our squad brings a great offensive threat. He is,
without doubt, one of the most gifted pure goal-scorers ever to
play in this country. I think a lot of Coventry fans are going to
enjoy the second half of this season!"
had been the Kings top scorer and is currently only four points
behind the Blaze's Hilton Ruggles in the scoring race, despite the
Kings’ lowly league position.
a likeable French Canadian, has been a perennial league scoring
title winner in recent years since coming to the UK in 1990.
was drafted by Washington in the NHL entry draft of 1985 and played
for Binghampton and Baltimore of the American Hockey League and Fort
Wayne of the International Hockey League before accepting an offer
to join the Whitley Bay Warriors in the old British Premier League.
career since coming to the UK has taken in Whitley, Sheffield
Steelers, Trafford Metros, Cardiff Devils, Telford Tigers,
Peterborough Pirates and Hull Thunder.
33-year-old has racked up more than 2000 points in Britain and is
set to form a fearsome combination with fellow French Canadians
Steve Chartrand and Ruggles.
this is a combination that will have many hockey fans throughout the
country watching with interest.
Chartrand-Dumas combination has long been touted by Blaze fans, and
the three together are expected to wreak havoc amongst opposition
defences in the New Year. The arrival of Dumas means that the Blaze
now have four of the top ten scorers in the BNL so far this season (Ruggles
4th, Dumas 6th, Samuelsson 7th, Chartrand 8th).
Director Grant Charman said:
an exciting time for us. Claude will not be a true replacement for
Chaps, but he will bring a different set of skills and attributes
to the team.
may well lead to a change in style for the team overall, but that
is in Thommo's hands now.
will make his debut for the Blaze on Saturday in the league game at
Fife Flyers and will make his first home appearance 24 hours later
at the Skydome when the Blaze take on Edinburgh Capitals, with
face-off at 6pm.