Brit trio to return for 2nd year of contracts

After signing two-year contracts last summer, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze would like to confirm that British players David Clements, Ross Venus and Luke Ferrara will all return to the club for the 2019/20 Elite League season.

Clements, a right-shot defenceman, began his hockey career in the Coventry youth system before moving to North America. He returned to the club in 2015 and has thus far iced 252 games becoming an important member of the organisation both on and off the ice, regularly being rewarded for his work in the Coventry community.

Venus, a product of the Blaze academy has played 584 times over ten years with the Blaze, registering over 20 points in each of the past three Elite League seasons whilst becoming a crucial part of the team’s penalty-kill. An associate captain for the club, he has represented the Great Britain National team on 8 occasions, scoring in the 2016 World Championship (Division 1B).

Ferrara, a two-time Elite League and Playoff Champion with Sheffield Steelers has played 137 games since joining Blaze in 2017. This past year, as an associate captain, he was named Best British Player for the second year running after his most productive season to date which included 18 goals, 22 assists in 61 Elite League regular season games. He has been included in the Great Britain training camp squad ahead of the top-level World Championship tournament in April, a stage he helped GB reach scoring in the Division 1A Championship as GB won gold in 2018.  

Head Coach Danny Stewart said of the trio, "Having these guys back is hugely important on and off the ice. Our Brit’s are the core of the organisation and every year they play bigger roles on and off the ice.

"Luke has just come off a fantastic season scoring 18 goals. He continues to progress in all areas and will push for a top 6 spot next season. 

"David had his best season with us to date and is another one who plays a key role on and off the ice. Our hopes are that he progresses even further and goes on to play a bigger role in our special teams next season. 

"Ross will be entering his 10th season with the club and his experience will again be looked upon. Ross had a tough go with injuries this season and it disrupted his momentum a bit at times. But, I felt when he was playing, he gave us a bit more this year and we will need that again from him and hopefully for his and our benefit, he'll be able to stay healthy all season."