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Coventry Blaze
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 2000
ENIHL Affiliate Coventry Blaze
Arena SkyDome Arenamarker
Capacity 3,650
City Coventrymarker United Kingdommarker
Team Colours Light Blue, White, Dark Blue

Head coach Paul Thompson
Owners Coventry Blaze Ltd
Team Captain
Championships
League Championships 2004–05, 2006-07, 2007-08
Championships 2004-05
Challenge Cups 2004–05, 2006-07
Knockout Cups 2007–08


Coventry Blaze are a Britishmarker ice hockey team based in Coventrymarker, Englandmarker. They have been crowned Elite Ice Hockey League Champions three times in the last five seasons.

Club History

Originally from the neighbouring town of Solihullmarker, the Blaze rose quickly through the various leagues of British Ice Hockey. In 2000–01, in order to attract a new and larger fanbase, the Blaze made the decision to move to the 3,650 capacity Coventry Skydome.

They went on to become one of the more successful British National League (BNL) teams. In 2002–03, they won the league and playoff double, completing the playoffs unbeaten.

In the summer of 2003, Coventry joined with two other BNL sides, three former Superleague sides and two new sides in a brand new Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Having finished 3rd in the innaugural EIHL season, Blaze claimed their first Elite League title on March 5, 2005 following a 5-1 victory over the London Racers. They also won the 2005 Challenge Cup following an 11-5 aggregate victory over Cardiff Devils. On April 10, 2005 the Blaze completed a Grand Slam of all three EIHL trophies with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Nottingham Panthers in the playoff final.

After a fruitless 2005-2006 campaign, Blaze regained the Elite League title and Challenge Cup in the 2006-2007 season. The team stumbled at the Semi-Final stage of the Playoffs, bowing out to eventual runners up, the Cardiff Devils.

The 2007-2008 season proved similarly successful with Blaze clinching their 3rd Elite League title on March 9, 2008,after beating Belfast Giants 4-2 at the Skydome. Curtis Huppe scored the Championship winning goal against his former side.

On March 18, 2008, Blaze won the British Knockout Cup, having lost the previous two finals to Sheffield Steelers and Cardiff Devils. Blaze recovered from a two goal deficit against Basingstoke Bison in the final period of the 2nd Leg to clinch the tie 8–6 on aggregate.Blaze finished the season as runners up in the play off competition. Having disposed of Edinburgh Capitals in the Quarter Finals and Newcastle Vipers in the Semi's, Blaze lost 2-0 in the final to the Sheffield Steelers.

The 2008-09 season was one of fluctuating fortunes for Blaze. The team came within a goal of qualifying for the Continental Cup Super Final in November 2008, but were eliminated from both the British Knockout Cup and the Challenge Cup by the Belfast Giants in early 2009.

Sheffield Steelers clinched the Elite League title on Sunday March 8, after beating Newcastle Vipers 4-1. Blaze were defeated by Hull Stingrays the same evening, thus conceding their title. Blaze eventually finished as League runners up.

The season ended on a low note for Blaze, when they were humbled 6-2 by Nottingham Panthers in the Playoff Semi-Final in Nottingham.

Club roster 2009/2010

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Tom Murdy L 2009 Whitley Baymarker, Englandmarker
84 Peter Hirsch R 2009 Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
5 Brian Lee L 2009 Berrien Springs, Michiganmarker, U.S.A.marker
14 Jonathan Weaver - A L 2007 Sunderlandmarker, Englandmarker
20 Tom Watkins R 2000 Durhammarker, Englandmarker
29 Jason Robinson L 2009 Goderich, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker
77 Mathias Soderstrom L 2007 Hallstavikmarker, Swedenmarker
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
7 Joe Henry R RW 2005 Solihullmarker, Englandmarker
9 Greg Owen R C/RW 2009 Northamptonmarker, Englandmarker
10 Tom Ledgard R LW 2007 Milton Keynesmarker, Englandmarker
16 Jack Watkins R C 2009 Durhammarker, Englandmarker
17 Russ Cowley L C/LW 2007 Edmonton, Albertamarker, Canadamarker
19 Aaron Nell L LW 2009 Swindonmarker, Englandmarker
24 Greg Chambers R RW 2009 Toronto, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker
25 Adam Calder - C L RW 2005 Portage La Prairiemarker, Canadamarker
26 Dan Carlson L C 2006 Edina, Minnesotamarker, U.S.A.marker
27 Luke Fulghum R RW 2009 Colorado Springsmarker, U.S.A.marker
37 Derek Campbell L LW 2009 Ontariomarker, Canadamarker
39 Danny Stewart - A L LW 2006 Fort McMurray, Albertamarker, Canadamarker


SkyDome Arena: home of the Cassidy Coventry Blaze


SkyDome Arena: Ice Pad


Honours



Honoured players

  • - Jersey retired for services to the club.
  • - Jersey retired for services to British Ice Hockey.


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