MAY 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Minders Are Better Than One
Blaze have revealed the duo they hope will be putting up the
shutters in front of goal next season.
favourite Barry Hollyhead has been re-signed, and will be joined by
22-year-old Canadian Ian Burt.
comes with a top reputation and statistics from the NCAA Division
One university team, Cornell in the USA.
was ranked 4th nationally and was one half of the Big Red's
netminding duo known as the "two-headed monster" due to
their outstanding performances.
has been brought in following the failure of Swede Henrik Sjodin to
maintain his early season form. A spilled shot in the play-offs
against Peterborough summarised his lack of confidence as the
who started last season as the second string netminder, pulled off
some excellent performances, and showed himself to be an excellent
shot-stopper. But despite earning a late call-up to the GB squad
last month, he too showed some lapses, and Blaze coach Paul Thompson
knew he had to put more reliability in the Coventry net.
is one of the real unsung heroes of this team. He is always ready
for us to call on him and will always return a solid, reliable
no fuss about him, he's just a really honest hockey player. I'm
really pleased to have him back for next year and I'm sure that it
will be another year to build on his growing reputation.
elevation to the GB squad at the end of last season may have been
a bit of a surprise to some people, but his performances in the
second half of the season totally justified his position in that
sure he enjoyed the trip to Slovenia and came back a better
player, and a player that I'm very happy to have back on
has drawn on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game to sign Burt.
though Ian is still relatively young, he has played in high
pressure games in a very competitive ECAC league and comes from a
good hockey programme.
has turned down offers from the East Coast League and believes his
future lies in Europe.
have done a lot of homework on Ian and feel he will be a major
acquisition for our team. This is an area we had to strengthen if
we are going to improve on last season's campaign - Ian will
improve this department of our hockey team - I'm very confident of
director Grant Charman added:
became one of the fans favourites towards the end of the season
with a string of solid games.
a fairly quiet guy but the way he goes about his business is
really professional. He's an important part of this hockey team
and we are all glad to have him back!
addition we can welcome Ian to the Blaze, and he comes highly
recommended. His performances at Cornell earned excellent praise
from his coaches and I'm sure that he will be a big asset to