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Schools Push Can Face-off To A Blazing Start

A cancelled fixture threatened to ruin the launch of a major marketing campaign by Coventry Blaze, but a friendly has been arranged in its place.

The home match against Peterborough had been scheduled for this Saturday, but the game was called off at an awkward time for the ice hockey side.

The Blaze are using the half-term week to encourage youngsters to take an interest in the sport, and faced being without a fixture.

But a game, against Slough Jets, has now been earmarked for Sunday. It was originally to be a British National League match, but following intervention from the league, will now be an exhibition match.

A promotion had been set up with 13 schools in the city as part of the Blaze Schools Programme, and club bosses have said that they will now be able to honour that commitment.

Due to the late change the game will be offered to season ticket holders as a "bonus" game. Face-off remains at 6pm and the Arena doors will open at 5pm.

Operations Director, Grant Charman said:

"It is unfortunate that there has been some confusion over this game. The Jets have agreed to come to the Skydome at very short notice and we really are very appreciative of that.

“The game will be an exhibition match and I'm sure that both teams will appreciate the chance to play hockey without the pressure of a league game.

"We are expecting a big crowd due to the start of the schools programme and I would urge everyone of our supporters to come along, I think it will be quite a party atmosphere and should be a great nights' entertainment.

“We are hoping that Sunday will be our biggest crowd, so far, and the atmosphere should be fantastic.”
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