MAY 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Star Commits To Blaze
Blaze have completed the signing of another of their young British
stars after forward Shaun Yardley put pen to paper on a new contract
with the Club.
18 year old, who picked up the 'Most Improved Player' award at the
team's end of season presentation evening, has agreed a new two year
contract that will see him in Blaze colours until 2003.
who signed his first professional contract last season, had an
outstanding year that ended with a superb display for the England
Under 19 team that beat their Scottish counterparts during the
Superleague Finals weekend.
Head Coach Paul Thompson was pleased to have another of his British
stars back on board for the forthcoming British National League
think this is really good news for both the Club and for Shaun.
He's still only young but we expect him to play a big part in what
we are trying to build here in Coventry. If he keeps progressing
like he did last season, he's got a very bright future ahead of
him in the sport and with the Blaze.
certainly expecting him to be pushing for regular shifts during
the next season and I'm sure he'll be a key member of our squad.
He made the England Under 19 team at the end of last season and
I'll be pushing him hard to try to get into the Great Britain
Under 20's during the coming campaign."
of the newly formed Blaze Junior Ice Hockey Club, Grant Charman, was
equally pleased to have Yardley back in the line up:
response to our new junior programme has been absolutely
overwhelming and as it develops we hope that many of the new
players will have aspirations to follow in Shaun's footsteps into
the Blaze team.
won't be too much older than some of the people in the junior club
and I'm sure that many of them will see Shaun playing for the
Blaze and will have dreams of emulating what he has achieved. It's
great to have him back and let's hope he inspires some future
Blaze are also delighted to have signed new and improved sponsorship
contracts with Coventry based companies, Accommodate, Berkeley
Financial Planning and Reynolds Press Printers who were all involved
in backing the team last season. The Club have also signed a new
sponsorship contract with E Brook & Son for the coming season.
Director, Mike Cowley was more than happy to see sponsors signing
back up after their first taste of ice hockey at the Skydome:
far we've had a terrific response from the people who were on
board with us last season. Just about everyone seems to have
really enjoyed being part of everything and they all feel that we
offered really good value for money which is great feedback to
of our sponsors play a big part in the Club and it's great news
that some of them are already starting to sign up for next season.
We have a large number of companies to visit over the next couple
of months but if what we've heard back so far is anything to go
by, there should be a lot of local businesses playing a major part
in our forthcoming season."