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Swedes Come To Set Coventry Ablaze

New ice hockey club Coventry Blaze have completed their roster with a double Swedish swoop just a fortnight ahead of the start of the league season.

The club, who will play their home games at the SkyDome Arena, have signed netminder Henrik Sjodin (pronounced Shodeen) from Pitea HC and defender Mathias Soderstrom.

The duo will fly in later this week to start training with the squad.

Coach Paul Thompson has been chasing Sjodin throughout the summer and is confident he has signed a top young talent.

He said:

"He comes highly recommended by the player agent that I deal with in Sweden and also contacts we have at Malmo. I believe that we will have a very, very good netminder on our team this year.

"Our goaltending is an area I have deliberately set out to strengthen and I expect Henrik to be challenging for the top netminding stats throughout the season. He's very quick across the net and that is one of his main strengths.

"Coventry City signed an unknown Swede in goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and few years ago and he is now a household name. We will be delighted if Henrik shows the same improvement!"

Defender Soderstrom returns to the club for a second season after recovering from an ankle injury late in the campaign.

Thompson added:

"Mat was a newcomer to this country last year and was probably our most consistent player throughout the season until he picked up his injury. A real lionheart who never backs down, he isn't the biggest player on the ice, but makes up for it in other ways.

"He adapted to the British game remarkably quickly and fitted in well with the Blaze style of hockey better than I expected. I expect him to develop again this year and to be a big part of our defence."

Tickets for the first Blaze home game at the Planet Ice SkyDome Arena are now on sale. The Blaze take on Milton Keynes Kings on 27 August, starting at 6pm.
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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze  / 15 Aug 00

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