APR 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Signs New Blaze Deal
Blaze have ended speculation about the future of another of their
top players by agreeing a new two-year contract with forward Shaun
twenty-eight year old British star who is currently representing
Great Britain in the World Championships in Slovenia, signed the new
deal before flying out with Blaze team mates Barry Hollyhead,
Michael Tasker and Coventry Head Coach, Paul Thompson.
proved to be a major asset to the Blaze in his first season at the
Club and was rewarded for his outstanding efforts when he picked up
the Blaze Player of the Season award at the team's recent
number of other clubs were reported to be courting the player but
Johnson was more than happy to commit his immediate future to the
Blaze. Johnson said:
really enjoyed everything about last season in Coventry. It was
really impressive to see how the club grew during the course of
the year and although we fell just short of winning any major
trophies last time around, the potential for us to do that little
bit better next season is there for all to see.
we were out and about in the city during our pre-season week last
year, both Michael Tasker and myself wondered whether hockey would
really take off in Coventry but I don't think there is any doubt
now that it's become a major feature in the area. I was also
pleasantly surprised at the standard of the hockey in the British
National League so it really was an easy decision for me to agree
to two more years at the Club."
Thompson was equally pleased to have tied down another of his key
season everyone in Coventry saw just what a great player Shaun is
and how important he is to what we are building here in Coventry
so to get him to sign up for another two years is a terrific boost
for the Club.
has a huge amount of experience and really leads by example on the
ice and importantly, he really did enjoy himself here last season.
There were no shortage of other clubs after his signature but the
fact that he wanted to stay here is fantastic for our organisation."
have also confirmed that Swedish goalie Henrik Sjodin will not be
returning to the Club next season after Thompson decided not to
offer him an extension to his contract.