Raats completes Blaze defence
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze have completed their defence for the 2021/22 Elite League season with the signing of 25-year-old Joey Raats.
The 6'0" Las Vegas native spent the 2019/20 season in France icing 32 regular season games with Briancon and Gap contributing six points (one goal, five assists). He also appeared in the French Cup once with a goal and an assist.
Prior to his debut season in Europe, Raats spent a season with the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL with eight points (two goals, six assists) in 38 regular season games.
Before turning pro, the right-shot blue-liner spent three seasons in the NCAA with Arizona State University registering 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 79 appearances.
He was also a USHL Clark Cup Champion alongside Blaze teammate Dillon Eichstadt in 2014/15.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "In Joey we are getting a very dependable two-way guy. He’s a right shot that skates well and is a very good puck mover. He compliments our back-end, where we feel we have a good balance of mobility, size and puck movement. Again, we had glowing references on Joey's character and willingness as a teammate, therefore we feel he will fit into our group very well."
Joey Raats will wear #8 for the Blaze in 2021/22 Elite League season.
The Blaze are back!
The Coventry Blaze return to the ice on Wednesday 15th September (7.30pm) for a pre-season fixture against the Manchester Storm at the Skydome Arena.
Guildford Flames will then come to Coventry on Sunday 19th September for a Challenge Cup encounter, before the Elite League regular season begins at home on Saturday 25th September against the Fife Flyers (7pm).
Tickets for the first two games against Manchester and Guildford are on sale now. Tickets for Fife will be on sale shortly.
These can be purchased:
By calling the Skydome Arena Box Office on 02476 630693 (Option 0)