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Calder leads tributes to Carlson

Former Genting Casino Coventry Blaze captain Adam Calder, whose number 25 jersey was retired by the club in December of last year, has labelled his partner in crime Dan Carlson as "the heartbeat of the Coventry Blaze."

The number 26 jersey of Carlson will join Calder's 25 in the Skydome Arena rafters before this Sunday's game vs. the Sheffield Steeelers.

The two formed the greatest ever goal scoring partnership in EIHL history, with Carlson providing an assist on over 50% of the 263 goals that Calder scored in the five years that they played together in Coventry. The 119 assists on Calder goals, were part of the American's 382 in total for Blaze, making him the all-time leading assist scorer in the club's history. He also tops the table for most all-time points (559).

"Everyone says when they bring in new players 'this is a Dan Carlson' but I don't think there will be another Dan Carlson.

"I don't think he missed a game the whole time he was here and every time he was on the ice he gave 110%. He was a pleasure to watch and even more so to play with." - Adam Calder to Dave Adey.

In the interview available to listen to below, Calder re-calls one of Dan's most famous moments from October 2004, when the number 26 scored, turned, skated the full width of the ice and dived into the Newcastle Vipers bench to protect his Canadian line-mate who was having some bother with one of his opponents.

Watch the incident vs. Newcastle Vipers:

"That was all Dan," laughed Calder. He just turned around and skated straight into the bench. You have to be a little crazy to jump into the Newcastle bench back in the day, but Danny had a little wild side to him and he went a little crazy on the ice but it was all good fun."

Dan Carlson will have his 26 jersey retired before face-off when Blaze take on Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome Arena on Sunday 28th February at 5.15pm. Everyone at the game will receive a special commemorative Carlson player card and Dan will be signing autographs at the end of the game.

Tickets are available now from the Arena box office by calling 02476 630693 or by booking online, HERE.