Pohlkamp completes Blaze defence
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has completed his defensive unit for the 2019/20 Elite League season with the signing of 23-year-old American Chris Pohlkamp.
Described by many as a “pit-bull” in his defensive duties, the 5’10” right-shooter joins direct from the NCAA where last season he helped Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to the final NCAA tournament, their first qualification since 1990.
Over four years with the ‘Falcons’, Pohlkamp iced in 141 games registering 36 points and regularly lead the team in blocked shots. He was often among the side’s top plus/minus players, named a WCHA All-Academic twice, and last season in his senior year, a coach’s player of the year and recipient of a WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award.
Prior to BGSU, Pohlkamp was a 2015 Clark Cup Champion of the USHL alongside another new Blaze recruit, Dillon Eichstadt for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Before that, he attended Brainerd High School (USHS-MN) for four years, playing 75 times with 72 points and was a team captain for his final two seasons.
Stewart said, “Chris is the final addition to our defensive unit and will complement our current group very well. He’s a very good all-around defender who plays a defence first type of game. He’s gritty, blocks shots and comes to work every night. Along with this, he skates and moves the puck well. We’ve had great reviews on him and he’s another young guy that comes from a great programme at Bowling Green, who just recently made the NCAA final 16 tournament.”
Pohlkamp commented, "I chose to come over to the UK and play for Coventry because the Blaze do things right. From what coach Danny Stewart described in regards the team's style of play and support of the community, it was a no brainer that this was the place for me. The fans can expect a player that competes hard every night. I'm a smaller defenseman, but I like to play physical. For my style of play, Coventry sounds like the perfect place."
Own and Loan a Pohlkamp Jersey
Chris Pohlkamp will wear #21 for the Blaze in the 2019/20 Elite League season.
You can now Own and Loan his home or away regular season jersey, or his Challenge Cup special edition jersey by calling the Blaze office on 02477 719919 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm).
Own and Loan a blue (home) or white (away) regular season jersey - £250.
Own and Loan a special edition Challenge Cup jersey - £150.