One-match bans for Hendrikx & Francis

Discipline committee

Player: Trevor Hendrikx
Number: 74
Team: Cardiff Devils

During the game Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils on 18/10/2014, Cardiff's Trevor Hendrikx was assessed a match penalty at 60:00.

The match penalty carries an automatic minimum one-game suspension, which was upheld.

The Department of Player Safety has reviewed this incident and has come to the following conclusions...

• Hendrikx throws multiple blows to the head and back of the head of two opposition players, who are both unwilling combatants and not in the position to defend or protect themselves.
• He throw further punches and verbally challenges opposition players from his team bench.
• He leaves the team bench after being instructed to go into the team bench by the officials, who are then dealing with other altercations.

The Department of Player Safety has decided that this incident is worthy of (1) one-match suspension.

Hendrikx served the suspension in last Sunday's home game against Sheffield, so is eligible to play this weekend.

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKrdle73G0Q&feature=youtu.be for a video explanation of the incident.

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Coach: Neil Francis
Team: Cardiff Devils

During the game Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils on 18/10/2014, The Department of Player Safety has automatically reviewed the situation at 60:00 where multiple penalties were called.

During the review of the incidents, Francis was seen to be using abusive and profane language, as well as hand gestures aimed at the opposition players, instead of controlling his players and getting them onto the team benches, as per the on-ice officials' instructions.

In summary:

• Francis makes both verbal and numerous hand gestures directed at the opposition players.
• He has no need to engage in any sort of action - be it verbal or physical - with the opposition players.
• His actions reignite the situation, instead of him being in control of his players and team bench.
• His actions bring the game into disrepute and will not be tolerated.

The Department of Player Safety has suspended Francis for one (1) match and fined him a total of £250.

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKrdle73G0Q&feature=youtu.be for a video explanation of the incident.

Smith: Time to put one over on Devils

Canadian defenceman Mark Smith feels Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are due a win over former club Cardiff Devils.
 
They meet twice this weekend, with an Elite League Erhardt Conference trip to Cardiff on Saturday being followed by a Challenge Cup tie at the Skydome on Sunday (5.15pm face-off).
 
Devils have come out on top in both encounters so far this season but Smith believes it is time Blaze put that right.
 
The 31-year-old, who enjoyed four years with Devils, said: "We need all the points we can get in the cup but we also want to pick up the two points for the league as we are in a pretty good spot.
 
"Nobody is disappointed with the position we are in and we will take that. But we know it is a long year and you just have to roll with it.
 
"It is going to be tough down there as Cardiff are built for that rink. They are a very physical team who are well-coached and they play their systems well. We are due one over them but we need to put in the work to be successful. 
 
"We need the two cup points as well to put ourselves in a better position going into the Hull games next month. It has been a long time since the club won a trophy so it will be nice to advance and go on and win it and I believe we have a team that can do that."

 

Smith, coach Marc LeFebvre's first new import signing in the summer, is pleased with how things are progressing in his debut year with Blaze.

 

He added: "I am enjoying it. We have a good team, a good group of guys, I have settled in well and I like playing at the Skydome.

 

"I think I have been playing pretty well. I was brought in to be sound defensively, to be a solid guy, and I have done that.

 

"Offensively I expected to produce more and I will improve on that. But I approach every game the same; I go out, work hard and leave everything on the ice."

 

Blaze face Cardiff Devils at the Skydome in the Challenge Cup on Sunday October 26 (5.15pm face-off). Tickets can be purchased by ringing the Box Office on 02476 630693 (option 0) or online via the Blaze website www.coventryblaze.co.uk

Tanaka: We must out-work Devils

Forward Cale Tanaka wants Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to maintain the momentum when they take on Cardiff Devils in a double-header this weekend.
 
Blaze, who picked up four points from their three-in-a-row schedule last week, head to south Wales on Saturday for a Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference clash.
 
They then meet again at the Skydome on Sunday in an important Challenge Cup tie, when Blaze will look to move above Hull Stingrays into fourth in Group B.
 
Tanaka, last season's player of the year, said: "It is never easy to play three in three, especially with the travelling, but to take four points was a pretty good weekend. Hopefully now we can build off that and keep that momentum going.
 
"It is a huge cup game. We have given ourselves a hole to climb out of but we know what we are capable of as a group and it comes down to execution. We need to follow through on things we do in practice.
 
"We need to bear down and out-work them. They are a physical side and we will need to weather the storm. They are a good team, a hard-working team but hopefully we will get some bounces."
 
Blaze face Cardiff Devils at the Skydome in the Challenge Cup on Sunday October 26 (5.15pm face-off). Tickets can be purchased by ringing the Box Office on 02476 630693 (option 0). For further information, please visit www.coventryblaze.co.uk

Halloween Jersey Auction 14-15

Happy Halloween

On Tuesday (28th October) the Blaze will be taking to the ice in their special Halloween jerseys which you can buy with our auction from £50 with a buy-it-now price of £100. If you choose to buy-it-now, payment must be received at the time the bid is placed. 

The auction goes live at 9.30am tomorrow morning (Thursday 23
rd October) and to bid you will need to call the Blaze Office on 02476 223220 during office hours (9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday) and before 5pm on Tuesday when the office closes. The bidding will then recommence when the doors open at 6pm for the game and finally finish as the puck drops to start the 3rd period.


Bidding will be accepted on all players’ shirts including #00 Scorch and our blood shirts but with the exception of #22 Ryan O’Marra whose shirt will up for grabs in the game-worn shirt raffle and could be yours for only £1. Full list is available below.

Shirts available:

#00 Scorch

#2 Blood Jersey

#5 Mark Smith

#6 Mike Egener

#7 Ben Arnt

#8 Rory Rawlyk

#10 Dale White

#14 Cale Tanaka

#15 James Griffin

#16 Kyle Bochek

#17 Russell Cowley

#18 Steven Goertzen

#21 Ashley Tait

#23 Derek Lee

#24 Blood Jersey

#27 Jereme Tendler

#28 Steven Chalmers

#31 Connor Ranby

#32 Craig Cescon

#33 Blood Jersey

#41 Brian Stewart

#59 Ross Venus

#73 Gareth O’Flaherty

#91 Niklas Ottosson

Successful bidders will be able to collect their shirts from Fanzone after the final buzzer on Tuesday.

During the game on Sunday, there will also be a prize for the best Halloween costume – judged by the one and only John Dalziel.

With the arena full of fans in scary fancy dress, the players on the ice in their specially commissioned Halloween jerseys, and you all making lots of noise, the Skydome will be the only place to be this Tuesday.

It may be an early Halloween celebration due to the team’s fixtures but we hope you can all join us for what is sure to be a fantastic night.

Blaze win 3-2 on penalty shots

Jereme Tendler converted the winning penalty shot as Genting Casino Coventry Blaze overcame Edinburgh Capitals 3-2 in a shoot-out at the Skydome in the Elite League.
 
Tendler was the only player to be successful at the ninth attempt as Blaze ensured a four-point haul from their Scottish triple-header.
 
Cale Tanaka put Blaze ahead at 4.44 but goals from Jordan Steel (13.24 short-handed) and Rene Jarolin (14.34) nudged the visitors in front.
 
Blaze outshot Capitals 27-5 in the second period but could not find a game-tying goal but it eventually came 53 seconds into the last session through captain Ashley Tait.
 
Capitals goaltender Tomas Hiadlovksy, who made 54 saves overall, then kept out a Ryan O'Marra penalty shot at 46.23 before Tendler won it in the shoot-out.
 
Coach Marc LeFebvre said: "We found a way to win. You have to give credit to their goalie, who stood on his head, but we have to start finding the back of the net.
 
"We have had 90 shots over the last two games and only scored four goals. We need to be hungrier and more determined around the net. 
 
"The level of goaltending has improved so much this year, you really have to work hard for your goals. It is going to be a dogfight every night and you have to grind it out. 
 
"We made hard work of it and there are still lots of things to improve but we accomplished our goal of getting four points out of six this weekend."
 
Blaze face Cardiff Devils at the Skydome in the Challenge Cup on Sunday October 26 (5.15pm face-off). Tickets can be purchased by ringing the Box Office on 02476 630693 (option 0). For further information, please visit www.coventryblaze.co.uk

 

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