Norwegian's complete Blaze defence
Head Coach Danny Stewart has completed his Elite Series defence with Norwegian pair Max Krogdahl and Nicolai Bryhnisveen.
"We are getting a pair of defencemen that will immediately make us better. Both players come from top teams in Norway and both have National team experience." he said.
#33 Nicolai Bryhnisveen
29-year-old Bryhnisveen is no stranger to Coventry having become a popular member of the Blaze during the 2018/19 Elite League season.
In a single season with the club, the 5'11" left-shooter iced in 60 regular season games with 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists). He also played twice in the playoffs and six times in the Challenge Cup with three points (one goal, two assists).
Bryhnisveen was voted defenceman of the year at the end of season awards and won goal of the season.
Since departing the Blaze, Bryhnisveen has spent two COVID-affected seasons back home with the Stavanger Oilers.
In 2019/20, before the Norwegian playoffs were cancelled, he registered 14 points in 37 games as the Oilers finished top of the regular season standings.
This season, which has again been prematurely halted due to rising COVID cases in Norway, he has 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in 24 games.
Prior to joining Coventry in 2018, Bryhnisveen had played six seasons in Norway before making moves to Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan, Finland's Liiga and the Czech Elite League.
Internationally, Bryhnisveen has represented his country 44 times at senior level and won gold medals at under-18's and under-20's level.
Head Coach Danny Stewart: "We know Nico very well. He skates so well and plays up and down the ice as well as anyone. He competes very hard and has the ability to play in all situations.
#43 Max Krogdahl
22-year-old Max Krogdahl has spent his entire career in the Frisk Asker organisation, progressing through their youth ranks to play professional for the past five seasons.
In near 200 regular season and playoff games in Norway's top-tier, Krogdahl, who is known for his steady defensive and physical play has contributed over 20 points.
In 2018/19 he played in 18 playoff games to help Frisk Asker win the Norwegian Championship. In the following season, he played six games and had two assists in the Champions Hockey League.
Standing at 6'2", Krogdahl has regularly won gold and silver medals with his country at under-18's and under-20's level and in 2019/20 made his senior debut icing four times so far. He has been included in Norway's preliminary squad for the upcoming World Championships.
Stewart commented: "Max comes to us from a very successful organisation. He’s a big, physical d-man that competes hard and is tough to play against. He was a combined +34 the last two seasons and will partner well with Nico."
Bryhnisveen and Krogdahl will join Chris Pohlkamp, Paul Swindlehurst, David Clements and Cole Shudra on the Blaze blue-line for the Elite Series which will be played behind closed doors at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham over April.