AUG 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Get Another Big Red One
Blaze have signed another Big Red Canadian.
Andrew McNiven is a
22 year old forward from the Cornell Big Red, the same American
University team as new netminder, Ian Burt.
and weighing 215 lbs, McNiven is described by former coaches as a
solid, physical player. His points tally in NCAA hockey belies his
skills as he played much of his college hockey on a third, checking
line and was relied upon for defensive rather than offensive skills.
physical player, the Vancouver native is strong on the puck and in
one-on-one situations and has a great shot. In addition, he was the
Big Red’s Captain last year and saw significant action on the
team’s penalty kill unit.
Despite his size
and style, McNiven is not a heavy penalty taker and will make a big
contribution to the Blaze with his all round hockey skills. The
Blaze were keen to sign a physical player who brings more to the
game than just their size.
Coach Paul Thompson
coming in to play a power forward role. He’s a big, strong,
physical guy who will give us the size to drive to the net and
make things happen - an area that we needed to improve on from
Captain of Cornell shows his leadership qualities and I’m sure
he will be a big ‘hit’ over here in Coventry. I’m also sure
that he will give us what we need offensively – a big physical
McNiven, a graduate
in Operations Research and Engineering said:
“I am really
excited at the opportunity to play in the FBNL. The past couple of
years I have been playing in a very defensive league in a
defensive role and I haven’t been in a position to put up strong
offensive numbers. I am looking to expand my game and to put up
some good numbers through playing solid hockey for the Blaze.”