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Chartrand Injured But Home Players Shine

Coventry Blaze’s new dream trio has been broken up after just one game, but five players have been given a chance to stake a claim for a place in the Great Britain squad.

Team lynchpin and captain Steve Chartrand has suffered a broken jaw had to have a plate inserted in an operation yesterday.

A replacement is being considered for the French Canadian, but Blaze coach Paul Thompson is waiting to see the extent of his injuries.

If he is likely to be back before the end of the season it is unlikely that the side will be able to pay for another overseas player.

Meanwhile five British players have been selected for the first 55 to take part in a training camp for the Great Britain squad.

Shaun Johnson, Marc Twaite, Tom Watkins, Michael Tasker and Michael Knights, have been selected to the first training camp to be run by Chris McSorley since he took up his post as head coach of the national team.

The training camp takes place at Hull during the first week in February and will allow McSorley, and his assistant, the Blaze's Paul Thompson, to run the rule over the brightest players that are eligible to play for Great Britain.

Thompson commented:

"I'm very proud of the guys that have been selected - and so are they!

“These five have been a huge factor behind where we as a hockey club are right now, and they fully deserve their opportunity."

The selections have forced the Blaze to rearrange one fixture due to the clash with the training camp.

The game against Hull Thunder, originally scheduled for Tuesday 6 February has been put back by 48 hours to Thursday 8 February. Not only do the Blaze have five players at the camp, but the Thunder have three there themselves.

This weekend the Blaze will be hoping to overcome the disappointment of losing the first leg of the ntl cup semi final 1-4 at Guildford, when they take on Slough home and away. Sunday’s game against Slough starts at 6pm at Coventry SkyDome.
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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze / 12 Jan 01
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