Motte is back!!
The Coventry Blaze are thrilled to announce the return of 29-year-old American netminder C.J. Motte for the 2021/22 Elite League season.
The 6’0” St. Clair, MI native spent the second half of the 2019/20 season with the Blaze, registering a league-leading 92.68% save-percentage and 15 wins in 24 Elite League games.
With a 2.52 goals-against-average (GAA), Motte helped the Blaze to third place in the table and a streak of 17 consecutive games without losing before the season was prematurely halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He had three shut-outs, and was named in the fans first All-Star team.
He agreed to return to Coventry for 2020/21, but with the season cancelled, he returned to the ECHL and Allen Americans where he earned a call up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.
Motte played eight games in the ECHL regular season with a .923 save-percentage and 2.34 GAA. In the playoffs, he iced four times helping Allen to the semi-finals of the Kelly Cup playoffs. He played three times in the AHL.
Motte has consistently produced outstanding numbers over near 200 games in the AHL and ECHL, notably being named an ECHL All-Star in 2016/17 whilst with Quad City Mallards.
Prior to turning pro, Motte was a regular award winner and All-Star in the NCAA with Ferris State University.
Head Coach Danny Stewart commented: "Motte is a huge signing for us. He came in last season and gave our group an injection of confidence from his first game. He competes for every puck, and allows us a chance to win every game. Guys like playing in front of him and will battle for him, knowing he will do the same."
The Blaze will begin the competitive season on the weekend of 18th and 19th September in the Challenge Cup and the Elite League regular season will begin on the weekend of 25/26th September.