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Coventry Blaze have confirmed the return of two more young British players for the rapidly approaching Findus British National League season.

Kurt Irvine, Coventry BlazeTwenty-five 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.

Irvine confirmed 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 confirmed

“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.”

Rob Eley, Coventry BlazeAlso 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.

Thompson said

“Rob gives 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!”

Grant Charman, Operations Director for the Blaze stated

“It’s great 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 years time.”

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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze / 3 Aug 01
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