Crowngate SkyLounge nears completion

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With the start of the new 2014/15 Coventry Blaze season just days away, lots of hard working building staff from Blaze sponsor, Crowngate Construction are feverishly working on the final finishing touches to a new addition to the Skydome this season.

Crowngate personnel have been busy over the summer building a brand new hospitality facility in the Skydome. The Crowngate SkyLounge has been constructed from scratch and built in a previously unused, section of the Skydome Arena at the open end of the ice. It will provide up to 50 places that can be booked on a seat by seat and game by game basis by businesses and supporters alike, offering a level of hospitality that the club has not previously been able to provide.

At the end of last season, Blaze directors spoke with Crowngate MD and Coventry Blaze fan, Raza Ullah to talk about the feasibility of building a facility to be able to offer this new style of hospitality package. The facility would allow Blaze to generate additional income but also provide an opportunity to attract new corporate partners as well as giving current sponsors and supporters the chance to ‘upgrade’ their match night experience.

Crowngate MD Raza said, “We are a Coventry based company, I’m a Blaze sponsor and, probably most importantly, a Blaze fan. I wanted to help the club to continue the progress they have been making on and off the ice and through my company, I had the team, the tools and the knowledge to get this project organised.

“Being able to go that bit further to support the club by arranging for this build to take place has been absolutely brilliant for us. It’s been a great project to be involved with and I’m so pleased with the outcome. I can’t wait till the fans, new clients and my customers get the chance to see it when the team take to the ice next week.’

Blaze Chairman, Andy Buxton said

“You only have to take one look at the Crowngate SkyLounge to see just what a huge undertaking this has been for Raza and his team. We had an initial idea of what we were looking for but Crowngate have taken that idea and grown it into the simply fabulous facility that we have now.

“It goes without saying that we can’t thank Raza and Crowngate enough for the huge financial and time commitment they have given to make this happen. It’s an investment he’s made for the long term benefit of the club and although its use is something that will build over time, we look forward to many people getting a great deal of enjoyment from it over the coming years.

“We’re also delighted that Raza will be continuing his involvement with the club by joining us as an Associate Director. He will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts to help us to continue to develop certain areas of the club going forward and we look forward to working with him in those areas. We know that Raza is keen to make a great contribution over the coming years.”

Places in the Crowngate SkyLounge are priced at £60 per person, per game which includes champagne on arrival, a two course meal with coffee, a pre game welcome from the Blaze Head Coach, a post game interview with a Blaze player and of course, a fantastic view of the ice. If you would like to book places contact the Blaze Office on 02476 223220

PHOTO ATTACHED :- Crowngate Construction Managing Director, Raza Ullah, with Coventry Blaze Directors, Andy Buxton, Mike Cowley and James Pease.

LeFebvre names 14-15 captains

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm experienced Great Britain forward Ashley Tait will continue as captain for the 2014/15 Rapid Solicitors Elite League campaign.
The 39-year-old signed an extension to his contract this summer, which will see him remain at the Skydome until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Tait rejoined Blaze last June having lifted seven trophies in a five-year spell, including scoring the overtime winner against Nottingham Panthers in the play-off final which secured the Grand Slam in 2004/05. 
Last season Tait became the first player to register 600 points in all EIHL competitions and then surpassed David Longstaff as GB's most-capped player, moving on to 102 during April's World Championships.
Fellow British forward Russell Cowley, entering his 13th year with Blaze, and new signing Steve Goertzen have been named assistant captains.
Coach Marc LeFebvre said: "It was an easy decision to keep Ash as captain. He is a guy who helped me a lot in turning around the ship when I came in last season. He takes the bull by the horns and brings a lot of leadership.
"Ash is a very experienced player and is well respected. He keeps himself in great shape and that allows him to still be very productive. A lot of the younger players should look to him and use him as the benchmark.
"A lot of players come and go but the one constant at the Blaze is Russell Cowley. He is very vocal and he leads by example - it was a no-brainer.
"Steve Goertzen was the play-off-winning captain last year for one of our rivals and it was another no-brainer to have a letter on his jersey.
"I saw first-hand what he did in Sheffield last season, especially during a turbulent time with the coaching change - he stepped up during a tough period. He is also one of the most professional players I have been around.
"But I have other leaders too. Mike Egener was great for me last season and Ryan O'Marra has tonnes of NHL and American League experience. Overall there is a lot of leadership in the group."

Victory Windows sponsor Derek Lee


Local company, Victory Windows are returning as a member of the Blaze sponsor family, this season sponsoring new Canadian forward, Derek Lee.

Victory Windows International are a long established and highly experienced UPVC double glazing company based in Coventry, Warwickshire, and Rugby with over 38 years of knowledge in UPVC double glazing, windows, conservatories, UPVC doors, fascias and soffits.

Managing Director of Victory Windows, Terry Hill said, “Last year was without doubt the best year we have had for carrying out work for fellow sponsors or Blaze fans.

“My two sons and I go to all home games and travel away when we can - we love the sport and have been watching the build up to the new season with great interest. Throughout the season we will also be offering a 20% discount to any sponsor or Blaze fan on any purchase from our range of quality home improvement products – just contact us for further details.”

Blaze Chairman, Andy Buxton added, “Victory Windows have been with the club for a long time and it is a pleasure to welcome them back for another year. Terry is great to work with and we look forward to extending our fantastic relationship with him next season.”

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If you would like your company to be involved with Coventry Blaze for the forthcoming season, please contact us on 02476 223220 or for more information. Executive Boxes available from £200 plus VAT per game, sponsorship packages available from £500 plus VAT.

Duo signed on multi-way deals

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm they have signed British duo Dale White and Gareth O'Flaherty on two-way and three-way contracts respectively.
White, 24, has been a part of the Blaze senior team for the past two seasons, posting 10 points, but will mainly feature for the club's NIHL side for the 2014/15 campaign.
O'Flaherty, also 24, joins the organisation after a year with Telford Tigers in the English Premier League.
Like White, his primary focus will be the NIHL Blaze but he will also be available for the senior team as well as EPL side Manchester Phoenix.
NIHL Blaze head coach James Pease said: "Dale has had a couple of seasons with the first team gaining some valuable experience and developing his game.
"Now is the time for Dale to get some playing time so he is confident and ready when called upon.

"Gareth brings a wealth of experience and will add some real quality to our offensive line-up.
"This season will offer Gareth a chance to develop further and put him in a position to challenge for a regular spot with an EPL team next season."

Blaze coach Marc LeFebvre added: "Dale and Gareth will give us some much-needed depth to the squad.
"Spots on the team aren't guaranteed and I expect both of them to fight for an opportunity."

Pop Up Games 2014

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The Coventry Blaze Community Foundation are running a new initiative enabled by Street Games to allow children aged 12+ to participate in their very own commonwealth games. Pop up Clubs are a fun and vibrant way to encourage young people to try a wide range of sports and a chance to emulate Commonwealth stars by taking part in athletics, badminton and table tennis sessions as well as helping young people get fit by showing them the excitement of Dodgeball and rugby.

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