Bebris agrees try-out deal with Blaze

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm that Latvian forward Edgars Bebris has agreed to a try-out deal with the club.

The 26-year-old will join Blaze for the upcoming training-camp and ice in the seven pre-season games beginning on Wednesday 23rd August against the Manchester Storm at the Skydome Arena (7.30pm face-off).

The 6’4” left-shooter has spent the past seven years in the now defunct English Premier League with Sheffield Steeldogs, Peterborough Phantoms and Manchester Phoenix.

During that time, the Aizkraukle native iced in near 400 games, registering almost 350 points. In 2014/15, his best in the EPIHL (23 goals, 29 assists for 52 points in 45 regular season games), he played a key role in the Phantoms lifting the Playoff title (1 goal, 6 assists for 7 points in the 4 playoff winning games).

Although British trained with the Sheffield Rapiers, Bebris is not a British passport holder therefore under Elite League rulings, in competitive action would count towards the import allocation.

Outside of his UK experience, Bebris has spent time in Lativa with HK Ogre and SK Riga 18, also appearing for Dinamo Juniors Riga in the Belarus league.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "Bringing Edgars in for camp to compete for a spot benefits everyone involved. It will create some healthy competition amongst our guys, allows me to take a look at Edgars in game situations at the Elite League level, whilst also providing another body for a demanding schedule early on. He's big and has a good skill set. He's still young and I look forward to seeing what he can contribute to our group!"

Meanwhile, Stewart has told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire that although the 2017/18 Elite League season is fast approaching, he intends to remain patient in his pursuit for the final import defenceman.

“We had a verbal commitment early in the week but unfortunately that fell through after the guy pulled back,” Stewart told Chris Coles. “But, these things happen. It's not the first or the last time. We're looking for a specific type of player, but sometimes it's tough to get exactly what you want. We've been pretty lucky so far in getting the type of players that we want but sometimes recruitment goes by what's available and what the market is giving you. I know the season is right around the corner but we're remaining patient. By no means are we going to be panicked into signing a guy that we don't feel will make us better.”

Listen to Danny Stewart on BBC CWR