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Coventry Blaze

 
Coventry Blaze is major league affiliate of: Mercian Menace

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Season 2007-2008

Club teams

This club in 2007-2008: EIHL | U18 UK | U16 English A | ENIHL

 
Current rosterseason 2007-2008
Pos Player name State Born Height Weight Shoots  
GSteve Fone01.07.1987183 cm82 kgright
GTrevor Koenig10.12.1974178 cm89 kgleft
GHayden Laverick21.11.1988170 cm72 kgright
GJames Young??.??.????- cm- kgN/A
DNeal Martin08.09.1975178 cm88 kgleft
DRumun Ndur07.07.1975188 cm112 kgleft
LDTroy Neumeier03.09.1970187 cm88 kgleft
DTom Pease18.04.1988180 cm81 kgright
DJames Pease28.08.1981190 cm100 kgleft
DMathias Söderström17.01.1977178 cm86 kgleft
DDavid Vychodil25.03.1980185 cm97 kgleft
DChris Wilcox25.12.1986180 cm77 kgright
D/FRussell Cowley12.08.1983180 cm82 kgleft
D/FJonathan Weaver20.01.1977180 cm85 kgleft
FJames Archer13.08.1988178 cm85 kgright
LWAdam Calder28.03.1976180 cm83 kgright
LWDan Carlson06.04.1979175 cm86 kgleft
CSylvain Cloutier13.02.1974181 cm86 kgleft
FJames Cooke08.04.1986181 cm76 kgleft
FJoe Henry06.05.1989176 cm73 kgright
RWCurtis Huppe21.02.1979184 cm88 kgright
FTomas Ledgard03.04.1988178 cm76 kgright
LWBarrie Moore22.05.1975181 cm79 kgleft
FAndrew Sharp28.02.1984183 cm92 kgleft
FDan Stewart10.02.1979175 cm75 kgleft
FMichael Tasker10.07.1973177 cm86 kgright
LWKC Timmons06.04.1980188 cm93 kgleft
FTom Watkins06.03.1978178 cm81 kgright
Coach name State Born Coach position  
Paul Thompson06.05.1968Head Coach
Luc Chabot06.05.1965Assistant Coach

* no longer in the club

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Originally from the neighbouring town of Solihull, 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 inaugural EIHL season, Blaze claimed their first Elite League title on 5 March 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 10 April 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 2005-06 campaign, Blaze regained the Elite League title and Challenge Cup in the 2006-07 season. The team stumbled at the Semi-Final stage of the Playoffs, bowing out to eventual runners up, the Cardiff Devils.

The 2007-08 season proved similarly successful with Blaze clinching their 3rd Elite League title on 9 March 2008, after beating Belfast Giants 4-2 at the Skydome. Curtis Huppe scored the Championship winning goal against his former side.

On 18 March 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 8 March 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.

Blaze rebuilt for the 2009-10 season, acquiring Peter Hirsch, Brian Lee, Jason Robinson and Greg Owen. Also joining the club were Greg Chambers from Basingstoke Bison, Luke Fulghum from Manchester Phoenix, and Derek Campbell from Newcastle Vipers.

Blaze won their 4th EIHL crown with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in Edinburgh on 20 March 2010. Trailing 3-2 with less than 30 seconds remaining, captain Adam Calder tied the game with a powerplay strike. Calder then netted in overtime to complete a hattrick and ensure that the Championship returned to the Skydome.

Injury hit Blaze were unable to complete a League and Playoff double, falling 6-3 to Cardiff Devils in the Semi-Finals in Nottingham. Belfast Giants defeated the Devils in the final.

Notable players:
  • from 1996 to 2000: Solihull Blaze
  • from 2000 to present: Coventry Blaze

English Division One North Champions 1997-98 (as Solihull)
English National League Champions 1997-98 (as Solihull)
English National League Play Off Champions 1997-98 (as Solihull)
English Premier League Champions 1998-99 (as Solihull)
English Premier League Play Off Champions 1998-99 (as Solihull)

League Championships 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10
Championships 2004-05
Challenge Cups 2004-05, 2006-07
Knockout Cups 2007-08

Retired Numbers
12 Steve Chartrand
55 Stephen Cooper

League winners:
 

 
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Coventry Blaze fired coach Söderström

Coventry Blaze announced Mathias Söderström has been replaced as head coach by Sheffield Steelers assistant coach Marc LeFebvre. Sodestrom was appointed head coach during the summer after spending a couple of season as assistant.
Blaze chairman Andy Buxton said: "Marc is coming in as head coach until the end of the season. We wanted someone who knows the Elite League, knows the way the club works, knows the opposition teams and knows our players - someone who can hit the ground running. It's not easy to make a coaching change mid-season but Marc is a very bright young coach who has already shown he knows how to run a professional team and knows how to win. He now has a chance to show us what he can do."

(11 Feb 2014)
 

Brad Leeb receives 3-games suspension for punch

Coventry Blaze forward Brad Leeb has received a three-match ban for his sucker punch during his side's challenge match at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday 1st September 2012.
Leeb will miss three matches, one of which has already been served, against Sheffield Steelers, Cardiff Devils
and Dundee Stars

(04 Sep 2012)
 

Coventry Blaze needs financial help from fans

Four time Elite League Champions Coventry Blaze is in financial troble and asks the fans for help. Read more here.

(05 Dec 2011)
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Fast factsseason 2007-2008
Leagues

Coventry Blaze participates in season 2007-2008: EIHL, U18 UK, U16 English A, ENIHL

 
 
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