Catch Up With Chamberlain

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Like many boys growing up in the UK, Bobby Chamberlain was a footballer. That was until he started watching his cousin play ice hockey for a local team in Hull at the age of 7. The rest as they is history.

 

"My uncle was the coach of my cousin's team and it all just kind of started from there. I just loved hockey from day one! It has everything; skill, speed and toughness."

 

At the age of 15, Bobby was spotted by a scout from an Ontario based hockey academy who offered him the opportunity to combine his education with his passion for hockey. "I played at a prep school over in Cornwall (2010-11) which was a unbelievable experience for me. The competitiveness of all the other players was so much of a higher standard than you get in the UK, which really made me raise my game. The first few months were tough to handle the school and hockey but I learned quickly that if you don't go to school then you aren't playing any hockey," laughed the now 20 year old.

 

Prior to the move across the pond, former Blaze captain and ex-Hull Stingrays coach Sylvain Cloutier had also become an admirer of Chamberlain having watched him play for Kingston Crunch at the Hull Arena. And so in the summer of 2011 after Bobby had completed his junior education in Canada, 'Clouts' as he is affectionately known was quick to offer the young prodigy an opportunity back home.

 

Fully face caged and looking for action, the feisty 16 year old made quite the impression in his first EIHL season with Hull (2011/12). "I guess you could say I was an agitator and used to mix it up a little bit which I've never minded to do. Everybody wants to be a goal scorer but when I made the step up to the pro level I knew I wasn't going to be that. I don't know any goal scorers in the EIHL at 16-18 so I knew if I wanted to play I had to bring something else to the table. Cloutier played that style and I think he appreciated the player I was on his team. It's not always fun though when guys like Chris Frank wants to fight you every game!"

 

Bobby speaks from good experience having fought a number of much larger men during his time in the EIHL, including 6'4" ex-Cardiff Devil, Rupert Quiney. Blaze fans will also remember a number of tilts with their own Matt Selby. "I've never minded to mix it up," said Chamberlain. "Sometimes it's the difference between making a team or not. I wouldn't say I ever needed to fight, I just always enjoyed sticking up for my teammates whenever I can."

 

Following the year back home, Bobby again decided to flee the nest for the 2012/13 season joining David Clements in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) with Ogden Mustangs. "I would say that move changed my career," said the ambitious forward. "I had a really tough start to the year due to a few long suspensions and problems with injuries. I had to work extremely hard every day to make sure when I got back in the line-up that I was ready. The games I played in, I played a lot and put up a few points."

 

Following 15 goals and 10 assists in 33 WSHL games, the British forward again returned home spending a further year under the stewardship of Sylvain Cloutier before moving onto the Manchester Phoenix of the EPIHL. Now that slight bit older and wiser, Chamberlain who has perfected the art of getting under his opponents skin is looking to build upon his recent showing of goal scoring prowess. "The Christmas just gone I won the gold medal with GBu20's and it was nice to finish the tournament as leading goal and point scorer. Of course I couldn't have done it without two awesome line-mates in Lewis Hook and Jordan Cownie who are two unbelievable players and guys."

 

Further reflecting on GB gold, the forward who scored 6 goals and 6 assists in the 5 games said, "It was an unreal experience from start to finish. That was the tightest-knit team I've ever played on. We had no superstars, everybody played for each other. Being one of the senior members and assistant captain on the team, I couldn't have wanted to end my GB junior career any other way."

 

For the upcoming season Bobby will once again work with newly appointed Head Coach of Milton Keynes Lightning (MKL), Pete Russell who lead the GB u20's to gold but he'll also have the benefit of teachings from Chuck Weber as part of Blaze's two-way deal with MKL. "I'm very excited to be working with Chuck. We've spoken on the phone a few times and with him behind the bench the Blaze organisation will do nothing but great things. He's dedicated to helping the development of young British players which you don't often see in import coaches. I've been working hard all summer to be in the best shape I can for Coventry's camp to show him that I can play at the Elite level."

 

Now settled back in the UK with links to two organisations determined to help him fulfil his obvious potential, the future looks bright for Chamberlain. In typical fashion though, the team will always come first. "Wherever I play, whether it's Milton Keynes or Coventry, I just want to help the team win and be successful. Both clubs have great coaches and players that can win silverware and I'm excited to see what the season holds."

 

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Champions & Challenge Cup Add On Ticket Packages

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After feedback from our fans, we are delighted to be able to bring a new Champions and Challenge Cup ticket package to our season ticket holders for the 2015-16 season.

As a season ticket holder you can sign up for our 6 Game CHAMPIONS package or 3 Game CHALLENGE CUP package. This bolt on will be added to your new season ticket for the coming 2015-16 Blaze campaign.

The ‘CHAMPIONS’ package is a six game package, this consists of three pre-season games and the three Challenge Cup games which are not included in your season ticket. The Challenge Cup game against the Elite League newcomers Manchester Storm will be the extra game included in your season ticket.

Champions Package Ticket Prices,

Adult £79

Concession (Senior, Nus Xtra, 16-18) £53

Child £39

The ‘CHALLENGE CUP PACKAGE’ is a three game package which consists of the three Challenge Cup games which are not included in your season ticket. The Challenge Cup game against the Elite League newcomers Manchester Storm will be the extra game included in your season ticket.

Challenge Cup Package Ticket Prices,

Adult £42

Concession (Senior, Nus Xtra, 16-18) £30

Child £21

If you wish to buy either of the new bolt on packages you have until Monday 17th August 2015. The packages cannot be added to a two or six payment plan. They must be paid for in full at time of purchase.

To book call the Blaze office on 02476 634538. You must have your season ticket confirmation number to hand when you call. If you wish to pay by credit card there will be a 3% charge on the total price, there is no charge for debit card payments.

Travel to Poland with the Blaze Blue Army

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The Blaze Blue Army in association with Harry Shaw Travel are pleased to announce a fans travel package that includes return coach travel to Poland and 4 night accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at a 3* hotel situated in Tychy - just 5 minutes from the rink.

The cost for this 7 Days 4 Nights package is £350 per person not including match tickets which must be bought separately.

A £45 per person non-refundable deposit required at time of booking with the full balance required by 26th August.

Places are limited so don’t delay you can book your places today by visiting the Harry Shaw website using the link below, for telephone reservations please call 02476 455544, or you can make a booking in person by visiting the Harry Shaw Coventry Shop situated in the City Arcade, Coventry City Centre.

http://www.harryshaw.co.uk/itineraries/3391-follow-coventry-blaze?currentpage=1&areafilter

Blaze in Poland



OnFire Summer Special

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to launch the first ‘mini’ and digital version of our official club magazine, OnFire.

In the special off-season version we catch up with Head Coach Chuck Weber, speak to new signing Mike Quesnele about the educational route he took to Coventry and we argue whether Coventry or Nottingham had the better Grandslam team.

The mini On Fire is free for all supporters to download in PDF format. In season, a full magazine is published and printed each month and is available to purchase from various sellers around the Skydome arena.

To download simply visit http://www.coventryblaze.co.uk/ and click on the OnFire Summer Special box on the home screen.

Blaze move for Lawrence

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm the signing of Canadian forward Chris Lawrence for the 2015/16 Elite League campaign.
 
The 28-year-old native of Toronto, Ontario, spent last season with Nottingham Panthers, leading the team in scoring with 63 points (25 goals and 38 assists) from 61 matches.
 
Before heading to the UK, Lawrence - a third-round draft pick by Tampa Bay Lightning in 2005 - played in 181 AHL games and 159 regular-season and play-off matches in the ECHL.
 
Lawrence totalled 215 points (94 goals and 121 assists) in 273 regular-season and play-off appearances in the OHL and featured in the CHL Top Prospects game in 2004/05 as well as twice representing Team Canada.
 
He won a gold medal for Canada Ontario in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge before claiming a silver in the World Junior Championships a year later.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "I am excited to have Chris finish our group of forwards. He plays a heavy game. He is another versatile forward with size, he is a player that will help us increase our offensive production while being strong defensively."
 
Lawrence said: "I am really excited to join the Blaze and have this new opportunity in my hockey career. As part of my time in Coventry I will also be attending Coventry Business School where I will be undertaking my Masters degree.

"I want to have a big year and do whatever it takes to win some silverware and build off last season's play-off success. It is n
ot long now and I can't wait to get going."
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