Blaze Launch 2014-15 Jerseys

Jersey 2014-15

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to unveil their regular season jerseys for the 2014/15 season.

The two tone blue home jersey and the blue and white away jersey will both feature a badge to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 2004/05 grand slam winning season. In home Challenge Cup games the Blaze will play in a black with blue trim 3rd jersey, pictured below, which will feature a badge to mark the club’s two Challenge Cup victories.

We have been asked by our fans to produce a replica pink jersey and this season we are pleased to announce that this pink replica jersey is now available as an option. The pink version will be the same colour as our valentines jersey last season but as yet no picture is available.

We are also pleased to confirm that this season, we will be accepting pre-orders for the replica home, away and pink jerseys. If you place your order before 4th August 2014 your jersey will be available to collect at a special Supporters Meet The Players night which will be held in in Crosby’s Bar at the Skydome Arena on Tuesday 26th August 2014.

Blaze Chairman Andy Buxton said "We'd like to thank one of our fantastic supporters groups, Blaze Blue Army for purchasing the Blaze game jerseys for the team this season.  They do a terrific job of raising money to support the club and this idea was something they came to the club with over the summer as a contribution they would really like to make.   It's great that each time the team play, they will be able to see part of their contribution out there on the ice.  I hope they take pride in that as the work they do really helps to make a difference."

The 2014/15 jersey are priced as follows:

£55.00 Adult

£45.00 Child

£65.00 Personalised

If you request your jersey be posted to your home address, this will incur an additional £5 postage and packing cost.

Replica jerseys will come with a standard V neck as in previous seasons rather than the lace up necks which are exclusive to the player game worn jerseys.

There are still jerseys available on our Kit Grid to sponsor; for £100 you will receive a replica jersey of your choice - this does not have to be the player you have sponsored - and an invitation to the dressing room after a Blaze game, to meet the whole team and have your jersey signed. For more details, please click on the following link.

http://www.coventryblaze.co.uk/index.php/fan-zone/kit-sponsor

If you would like to pre-order this season’s jersey, please call the Blaze Office on 02476 223220 from 9.30am Thursday 25th July, you will need to pay for the jersey in full upon order with a card payment, or alternatively you can come to the Blaze Office within the Skydome Arena (under block 11) where we can accept cash payments. The Blaze office is open from 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. If you wish to pre order a jersey you have until Friday 4th August to place your order. We do have a limited print slot so please get your order in as soon as possible.

BCF Holiday Programme (SEN)

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The Coventry Blaze Community Foundation are running a SEN (Special Education Needs) Holiday Activity Programme at The Whoberley Youth Centre in Coventry to take place for two weeks during the summer and all holidays thereafter.

All of the Blaze Communtiy Foundation coaches are specialised and experienced in a wide range of sports. They are all CRB checked and fully educated in the latest Safe Guarding/Child Protection issues.

If you would like any more information regarding the club please feel free to contact us.

Venue details:

Dates: Monday August 4th till Friday August 8th and Tuesday August 26th until Friday August 29th

Venue: Whoberley Youth Centre, Wildcroft Road, Coventry, CV5 8AU

Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm daily

Cost: Free

Ages: 11+

To confirm your child`s place please fill in the reply slip below and return it in an envelope or by email with your child’s name before Friday 11th July 2014. Please be aware places are limited.

 

REPLY SLIP

 

The address to send your reply slip to is

Jade Smith

Coventry Blaze

Skydome Arena

Croft Road

Coventry

CV1 3AZ

We will contact you on the return of your reply slip with further information for the holiday programme that you will need.

 

Blaze aim to give Maddie a special day

After hearing the story of how young Blaze fan, Maddie Stevens missed out on joining her friends for a special meal for those who had a 100% attendance record at her school, staff at the Blaze decided to do something to cheer her up.

Junior season ticket holder Maddie, missed the 100% attendance target when she took a day off to attend her mum’s funeral earlier in the year.

“When we heard how upset Maddie was about the situation, everyone here decided that we needed to do something special for her,” said Blaze Operations Manager, Rob Coleman.

“We’ve arranged for her to have an Ultimate Fan Experience at our pre season game against Sheffield where she will get to go into the dressing room to meet the players and will drop the puck at the start of the game. Our good friends at the Skydome Harvester Restaurant have also invited Maddie to have a meal in their restaurant with a couple of the Blaze players.”

Maddie’s Dad, Andy Stevens said, “As an avid fan of the Blaze, Maddie is over the moon to be invited to meet the players on a game night. When we asked Maddie her response was just one word -AWESOME!”

Maddie is raising money for Myton Hospice who helped her Mum Gail. Anyone wanting to make a donation should visit https://www.justgiving.com/Maddie-Stevens/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socspondesktop&utm_content=Maddie-Stevens&utm_campaign=post-sponsorship-donation-desktop

Scotland Double Header Weekends

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The Blaze Blue Army are pleased to confirm that they will be arranging coach travel and accommodation (bed and breakfast) in the same hotel as the players for both the October and February trips to Scotland.

The cost will be £110 (Blue Army members) and £115 (for non-members) per person for each trip.

Anyone interesting in traveling to Scotland for either the 17-18th October 2014 weekend or 7-8th February 2015 weekend, there will be a non-returnable deposit of £20 per person to pay to secure your seat.

This can be paid at the Casino Night tomorrow (23rd July) or at the first home pre-season game against the Cardiff Devils on Wednesday 27th August.

If you are interested in traveling with the Blaze Blue Army or would like further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Just to advise the Blaze Blue Army will not be arranging the hotel rooms for the Belfast trip in December due to the cost.

Blaze Talk with Kyle Bochek

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The next in the series of interviews with the 2014/15 Blaze roster is with a forward who will undoubtedly entertain the Skydome faithful. A couple of seasons ago the Blaze saw Nottingham Panthers forward Matt Francis sent to the rafters following a hip check, last season Dustin Whitecotton of the Belfast Giants was hit hard at centre ice while trying to rush the puck through a trap. Both incidents instigated a roar from the seats, it seems only logical therefore that CHL Bodychecker of the Year 2013-2014 Kyle Bochek will be a catalyst for further highlight reel physical play. Our webcast announcer Ed Kimberley caught up with Kyle.

EK: Kyle, I’d like to extend a huge welcome to the Coventry Blaze and thank you for taking the time to be a part of this series of interviews. How have you been spending the off season

This off season I have been spending a lot of time in the gym conditioning using crossfit to improve my explosive power and strength, I have also been skating with a group of local pros near my hometown. In my off time I have been fishing, golfing and enjoying family and friends and am currently enjoying The Open.

Before we talk about hockey, I was scouting through you tube and in among the fight, goal and hit clips of yourself i came across some of your own camera handyvwork at an Air Force base. Should we have an injury on the webcast team how willing would you be to join us on loan?

Haha...Well I am a little better suited to have a hockey stick in my hands than a camera but I have never been one to turn down a new adventure or avenue. However I did do a fair bit of color commentary last season with our webcast team.

The EIHL/Central League have a lot of shared alumni, how did the move to Coventry come about and in doing your research did you ask advice from any former EIHLers?

The move to Coventry came about by fielding offers from many European leagues. Through talking with my agent and Marc Lefevbre we gladly made the decision to sign in Coventry. The style of play in the EIHL suits my game and after researching the roster and the city of Coventry it made my decision very easy. I talked with a few friends who have played in the EIHL and received nothing but positive feedback on the hockey and Country.

Playing the style of hockey you do, when it comes to the rivalry games (Nottingham in particular) is there a difference in how you view/approach these games?

Personally I approach every game with the same mentality and focus. But in rivalry games the intensity factor gets me a little more fired up. To me rivalry games and playoff games are the most exciting intense and fun games to play in. But as I have learned in talking with Coach Marc every game is so important during the season and should be approached with the same intensity.

Tell us about the Checker of the Year award, growing up did you idolise a Scott Stevens type of player? How did this part of your game evolve?

Receiving recognition for my physical style of play was a big honor for me last season. Growing up I idolized and fashioned my play after my favorite player Wendel Clark. The leadership, hard work, intensity, skill and willingness to not back down is something that I have tried to bring to my game my whole career. The passion and physicality he had playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs as captain when I was younger really influenced the way I play. Through my minor and junior hockey career I was always counted on to play physical and mix it up and as I moved on to professional hockey those assets of my game proved to be invaluable.

Who was the toughest guy you have fought in your career so far and why?

To be honest the toughest guy I ever fought was none other than Blaze defenseman Craig Cescon haha he throws hammers.

You are coming off the back of a career year in points, are you looking for increased responsibility offensively?

The coach has put together a team of players with different strengths that should compliment the teams play. I think that my style of play adds a physical dimension as well as the ability to create and finish offensively. Each year I strive to improve my offensive output and look forward to the challenge this season to continue to produce offensively.

In your 2nd Press Release you mention you set a team goal of silverware but also a personal goal, what are your personal goals for the year?

For me team always comes first. But personally, to gain the respect of my teammates and strive to improve in all facets of my game. The measure of success is how deep we can take this team in the later part of the season.

With the roster almost complete what do you know about your teammates and how do you see this team’s style?

From what I have seen of the team on paper and from what I have heard and read we have a very fast ,hardworking, physical and experienced group of players not to mention a monster between the pipes.

Once again a big thank you Kyle, do you have any parting words for the fans?

Thank you Ed. I hope that my style of play excites the Blue Army and let's bring back a championship to Coventry.

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