Pease thanks departing players
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Director of Hockey Operations James Pease has today confirmed the departure of six players from last season's roster.
Boris Valabik, James Isaacs, Michael Quesnele, Cale Tanaka, Carl Lauzon and Brenden Walker will seek new opportunities this summer, leaving Chris Bruton as the only player from the 2015/16 roster with the opportunity to return to Coventry for the new campaign.
Speaking to Blaze Media Manager Rob Plaister, Pease was unwavering in his praise for the players who helped Blaze reach a second Play-off final in as many years: “I want to take the time to publicly thank the guys that we have decided not to re-sign next year.
"There isn’t a bad guy among this group of players and the club wishes each of them all the very best in their future endeavours whether it be in hockey or the world outside."
Pease continued: “For those guys to help us reach a Play-off final, knocking out the number one and two seed was a fantastic achievement and one which as a club we were extremely proud of.”
One player in particular that the club and Pease himself would like to single out for extended praise is Canadian forward, Cale Tanaka who played near 200 games, posting over 100 points and being awarded fans Player of the Season in his first year with the Blaze organisation in 2013/14.
“Tank (Cale Tanaka) is a guy I want to personally thank for his time and efforts in Coventry," said Pease. "He is a popular guy with the fans, has a couple of hundred Blaze games under his belt and won a Play-off Championship with us. Everyone at the club wish him all the best and I'm sure the fans will also show their full appreciation to him and also the other players we have decided not to retain."
Speaking about replacements for the departing six, Pease said: “We are in no hurry at all, Danny is back home, we are talking to guys and agents but we are happy with our re-signing's so far. It's still only early May so we have many weeks in front of us to get the right personnel to Coventry.”
Pease concluded: “The only guy we haven’t yet made a final decision on is Chris Bruton, who has asked us to give him some time, a few weeks away from hockey, which we totally respect and have agreed to. Chris made a big impact when he came in last season and fits the blue-print for the type of player we want in our roster next season. All I can say is that as soon as we have some news to share with our fans we will do so."