AUG 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Bag A Brace Of Brits
Coventry Blaze have
confirmed the return of two more young British players for the
rapidly approaching Findus British National League season.
year old forward, Kurt Irvine, is now fully recovered from the knee
injury that shortened his play-off campaign last season and has
signed a new, two year contract.
The feisty winger
has been training throughout the summer and was invited to take part
in last week’s GB squad training camp and inter-squad game at
Nottingham. He looked fit and healthy during that game and chipped
in with a goal for the victorious 'Blues' team.
his position as a fans’ favourite last season with his 100%
approach to the game and his willingness to take on all-comers,
regardless of size. At 5’8” 160lb he is most definitely not the
typical hockey player, but he is always prepared to do what is
necessary for his team.
Coach Paul Thompson
“Kurt is the
kind of player that will go through a wall, not just for the
coaching staff, but for his teammates as well. He never backs down
from a situation but what is great is the maturity that he is now
showing as a more experienced professional. At times I really feel
that Kurt isn’t given the credit for his playing ability, which
is improving every season.”
committing to the Blaze is Rob Eley who has signed a one year
contract. Another product of the Solihull junior system where Blaze
used to be based, the 6’3” 190lb winger progressed dramatically
last year and earned increased ice time with the Coventry outfit.
Still only 20 years
old, Eley brings size and strength to the line-up and it is hoped
that he will, again, step-up to the challenge of the new season.
nothing less than 100% in everything he does and he now realises
what he needs to bring to this hockey club. With his determination
I’m sure he’ll get there!”
Operations Director for the Blaze stated
to see locally trained players returning to the line-up. It’s a
clear signal to the youngsters just starting out in our own junior
programme that you can be successful in this sport, and that they
could be the ones making their way into the senior team in a few