British trio agree two-way deals with Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm that young British trio Edward Knaggs (Bracknell Bees), Ollie Lord (MK Thunder) and Matthew Maurice (Solihull Barons) and have all agreed two-way deals with the club for the 2018/19 season.
Knaggs, 20, is a left-shot defenceman who last season enjoyed a brief time in the Elite League with Milton Keynes Lightning icing 5 times with 2 assists. More regularly, he was part of the Peterborough Phantoms NIHL squad playing 31 times with 10 points.
Before that, the Hemel Hempstead born player spent two years with MK in the EPIHL, winning the EPIHL Cup and Playoff double in 2016/17.
He is a regular at under-18’s and 20’s level with Team Great Britain winning three bronze medals. Throughout his junior career with MK and Bracknell, he also represented Team South West at under-13, 15 and 17 levels in the annual Conference weekend.
Knaggs will spend 2018/19 with the Bracknell Bees of the NIHL (Read more).
Lord, 17, is also a left-shot defenceman who is a product of the Blaze Academy System playing last season with Blaze NIHL and Milton Keynes Thunder, also of the NIHL where he will continue to play for 2018/19 (Read more).
With the Blaze under-20’s, Lord, who was born in Leamington Spa, is a back-to-back national Champion, also winning the EIHA Conference at under-17’s on two occasions.
Maurice, 20, a left-shot forward, is also a product of the Blaze Academy System, with Lord winning the under-20’s national Championship in 2016/17.
For the past three seasons he has been part of the Solihull Barons NIHL squad posting 55 points in 67 games. He’ll continue with the Barons over 2018/19 (Read more).
All three players will spend the majority of their time next season playing in the NIHL but will also train regularly with the Elite League Blaze team and be available for selection where possible.