Ferrara: "I'll do whatever is needed to win"
Head Coach of the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, Danny Stewart was delighted to land the signature of much sought after British forward Luke Ferrara ahead of the 2017/18 Elite League season.
The 23-year-old who joins the club from the Sheffield Steelers kindly took the time to answer a few questions ahead of joining up with his new teammates in August.
1. There was surely a lot of competition for your signature so why Coventry?
LF: “Danny has a lot of good ideas and plans for the team for the coming year and I know from playing against Coventry they always battle hard and want to win! That's important to me, wanting to win!!”
2. At junior and EPL level with your home-town club Peterborough, you were a big scorer, so how difficult was the adjustment to the EIHL where you have perhaps been asked to take on a different role?
LF: “It did take a while to adjust, but I’ve always had to adopt a different playing style with different coaches, and if you work hard and listen to advice from the more experienced players you can pick things up quickly. I’ve particularly worked on the defensive side, which is very important in today's game! Of course, I would love to become more offensive but my ultimate aim is to win as a team so I'll do whatever is needed.”
3. Over the past three years in your young career, you’re a two-time Elite League Champion and Playoff winner in the EIHL and EPL. Considering the teams that you've been on, what would you put that down to?
LF: “The main reason for the success I've had on teams so far is due to the strength of the group! The players love to be around each other and work hard for each other no matter what the situation is. Also, competition between the team keeps guys honest and working hard all year.”
4. The playoff final this past season was a fantastic advert for the league. Your team, the Sheffield Steelers beating the Cardiff Devils in double-overtime, what was it like to be a part of that?
LF: “It was amazing to play in a game like that. You grow up watching the NHL playoffs where teams win late in overtime and you see how exciting it is. To play and win in a game like that was a great feeling. Relieved and tired after though!”
5. Scoring in the Champions Hockey League in a win against Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg, a career highlight so far?
LF: “That was definitely a career highlight for me. To even play in a competition like that is special, but to score in a win is even better. My teammate Markus (Nilsson) put it on a plate for me though so I shouldn't take full credit, he made a great pass.”
6. Finally, you have made senior GB appearances over the past year in exhibition games against Norway and Poland. Tell us how that felt after representing your country before at under 18’s and 20’s level?
LF: “It was great to play in those games and an honour. To get the chance to play for your country is special and I enjoyed the experience and also felt comfortable at that level. My aim is be to become an established player at that level and achieve great things for my country. To do that I need to play by best for Coventry and that’s my main focus as we look forward to the new season.”
We thank Luke for his time and look forward to seeing him in a Blaze uniform for the first time in August.