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.