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Bebris signs full-time deal

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, with significant support from the Blaze Booster Club are delighted to announce that Latvian forward Edgars Bebris has been signed to a full-time deal with the club.

The 26-year-old who originally joined on a pre-season trial has played in all seven games so far, impressing the Blaze Head Coach and fans with a string of strong performances.

The opportunity to sign the 6’4” left-shooter would not have been possible without outstanding contribution from the Blaze Booster Club who were only too happy to support the club and Edgars in finalising this deal.

Prior to joining Blaze, Bebris 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 counts towards the import allocation, taking Blaze’s total to 15. One more than is allowed on a game-night, but providing the club with extra import cover in case of injury.

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, “He’s a guy that has come in, and I’ll be the first to admit has exceeded my expectations. I think he’s really, really deserved his spot on this team. We’re excited to have him, he’s been one of our top point-scorers and done some great things for us in pre-season. I have to give the management and Blaze Booster Club huge credit, they’ve allowed us and supported us through this signing and it’s great to see.”

JOIN THE BLAZE BOOSTER CLUB

The Blaze Booster Club is independent of the Coventry Blaze, run by the fans, for the fans.

You can join and continue to help Blaze be the best that they can be for just £1 a week.

Although a small cost to each individual, when the total is combined it's a significant amount that allows the Blaze to be able to put together this deal to sign Edgars for example. Something they might not have been able to do without the support of the Booster Club.

Excitingly, all those in the Booster Club get rewarded with the chance to win a mega Blaze prize each month - including in September's prize draw, a trip to Belfast free of charge with the Blaze team!! (Find out more)

Visit the Booster Club stand by the lockers in the Skydome Arena on a game night to sign-up! 

They are a friendly bunch who will only be too willing to give you all the details of how you can be a part of this exciting club.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with the guys by email (blazeboosterclub@gmail.com) or contact them on Twitter (@blazebooster).

A Blaze Booster Club Facebook group has now also been set-up, here.

Regular updates of prize draws and winners etc are posted to their social media sites so make sure to follow them to keep up with all the news.