Player roundup (week ending 18 Oct)
Due to the suspension of the 2020/21 Elite League season, a number of players who had signed up to play for the Coventry Blaze have had to find new clubs in countries where hockey is able to be played. During the past week Luke Ferrara and Janne Laakkonen made their debuts at their new teams whilst there was success for two forwards who had already decided to move on from the Blaze, Andrew Johnston and Charles Corcoran.
Ferrara joined up with former Blaze teammate Johnston in Bordeaux (France) on a month trial contract. The Elite League's top scorer last season made his debut in a 2-5 home defeat to Grenoble on Saturday.
The Bulldogs bounced back with an impressive 3-1 victory over high-flying Angers on Sunday with Johnston scoring twice.
Elle est là la première victoire à domicile de la saison ! Les Boxers s'offrent le leader de la @LigueMagnus 3-1 grâce à un doublé d'A. Johnston et une réalisation de @SimBourque_4 malgré le but de T. Giroux en fin de match pour les @DucsdAngers ! #SLMhockey pic.twitter.com/op65cfswbO— Boxers de Bordeaux (@BoxersBordeaux) October 18, 2020
Bordeaux, who currently sit in a disappointing 11th place, next face-off against Tours in the French Cup on Tuesday before returning to league action in Nice on Friday.
Over in Lustenau (Austria), Finnish play-maker Laakkonnen made his Alps League debut on Thursday in a 3-0 away defeat vs. Feldkirch.
His second game came on Sunday where his two assists for Swede Emil Bejmo helped Lustenau to a 3-1 victory over Kitzbühel.
Lustenau are currently competing in a four team 'return to play' group, sitting second after 5 games with 3 points. Leaders Keldkirch have 6 points with the final round of games taking place on Thursday as Laakkonen and Lustenau take on Kitzbühel again away from home.
Also on Friday, American centre Corcoran registered his first goal for Esbjerg Energy in a 1-3 victory over Herning Blue Fox. It was a powerplay goal with 23 seconds remaining. Esbjerg have won their previous 3 games moving up to 4th in the Danish Metal Ligaen.
With the ECHL looking to commence on December 11, David Broll is currently preparing to re-take to the ice with Indy Fuel. Three more of last season's Blaze team have also been signed to ECHL teams with announcements to follow.