Clements given associate captaincy role
Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has rewarded defenceman David Clements with an associate captaincy role for the Elite Series.
26-year-old Clements has spent the last five seasons with the Blaze amassing a total of 306 games with 43 points. He ranks 11th in all-time appearances for the club.
Born in Coventry, Clements progressed through the Blaze Academy before moving to North America to accelerate his development in the SMHL with the Notre Dame Hounds, a triple A midget hockey league in Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 2012 he would leave Canada for the United States, joining the Ogden Mustangs of the WSHL. Over three seasons in Utah, two as Captain, he became the team’s all-time leading points-scorer for a defenceman.
In 2015, he joined the Blaze following a short-stint in Milton Keynes with the Lightning and has played an important role for the club both on and off the ice since that time.
Coach Stewart has elected not to name a team captain for the series, instead Clements will join fellow Brits, Ross Venus and Luke Ferrara as associate captains for the Elite Series and the three will share the leadership duties.
Stewart said: "Our British core has played a huge part in our success the past couple of seasons, and Clem has contributed to that. He has come on leaps and bounds and has turned into a good pro. He’s a positive presence in the room, well liked and always a key part in helping the new guys settle in."
Clements and Venus will lead the Blaze into action this weekend as the Elite Series begins.
Ferrara will miss the beginning of the series as he continues to play for Krakow who are participating in the Polish Playoff finals. The forward will fly back to the UK and join up with the Blaze as and when the best-of-seven series is concluded.
Krakow are currently 2-1 down to Jastrzebie with game three on Wednesday and game four on Saturday.
The Blaze will open the Elite Series at 2pm on Saturday against the Manchester Storm before facing the Nottingham Panthers at 7pm on Sunday.
The Elite Series will be played throughout April, behind closed doors at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.
Although we aren't able to welcome fans in to the arena at this time, every minute of the action will be available for you to enjoy via: eliteleague.tv.
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