British duo return
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has today confirmed that defenceman David Clements and back-up net minder Renny Marr will return to the club for the 2016/17 season.
Clements, 21, was originally part of a two-way contract between Milton Keynes Lightning and Coventry Blaze last season, however after impressing at the Elite League club he accepted the opportunity to join his home-town team on a full-time basis in November going on to play 41 games.
Prior to moving back to the UK, Clements played six junior seasons in North America, first in Notre Dame before moving on to Ogden Mustangs where he was made Captain for two seasons and left the club's all-time leading points scorer for a defenceman.
“I couldn't be happier to be back in Coventry for next season. I feel like I'm ready for this opportunity and want to play at this level. I can't wait to get started in August!" - #58 David Clements
Renny Marr, 18, who joined Blaze last summer from the Fife Flyers will once again provide back-up to star Canadian net minder Brian Stewart for the 2016/17 season.
Marr impressed when given opportunity last season playing over 250 minutes in the Elite League, notably gaining valuable ice-time in his home town rink vs. Fife Flyers and at the Skydome Arena vs. Manchester Storm where he picked up the win and Man of the Match award. He also played over 30 minutes during Blaze's Continental Cup campaign in Tychy, Poland posting a 92.86% save-percentage.
“I'm glad to be spending another season with the Blaze and I am looking forward to working with Brian Stewart again. I am also excited to be playing under Danny Stewart and I look forward to being back in a professional environment again.” - #30 Renny Marr
“Getting David back for a full season here in Coventry is great news for both parties. Whilst still young and early in his professional career, hopefully he can progress into a GB International quality player. He has a good right hand shot, is a puck moving defenceman and also comes with good size and a head for the game. He's very reliable already at a young age and is only going to get better with increased ice time." - Head Coach Danny Stewart
"Renny is continuing to develop into a young talent here in the UK and hopefully another year at the Elite Level will progress him even more. He provides us with a reliable option behind Stewy (Brian Stewart) and someone who can be called upon when needed. That's important with the league continuing to grow and it will be up to me to find him minutes in net as at the end of the day, game time is what will make him better." - Head Coach Danny Stewart