Re-live Playoff Finals Weekend 2015
This weekend the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were meant to win the Elite League Playoffs in Nottingham ;-)
However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the postponement of the playoff finals weekend, sadly we’ll never be able to see it.
However, to help fill the void – we have the next best thing – Playoff Finals Weekend 2015.
On Saturday at 1pm via Blaze TV we’ll be showing our semi-final clash with the Belfast Giants before *spoiler alert* on Sunday we show the sensational Grand-Final against the Sheffield Steelers starting from 4pm.
If you don’t know the story, allow us to catch you up:
The 2014/15 season was one of two very different halves for the Blaze.
By the summer of 2014, Marc LeFebvre (who had replaced Matty Soderstrom in the previous season) had done enough to earn a contract extension and set about recruiting his own team.
His summer recruitment would see the arrival of several players who would prove to be key down the final stretch - most notably 6’5” goalie Brian Stewart, whose string of star performances would see him named the Elite League's best netminder.
A solid first month of results were soon forgotten, and by November Blaze found themselves in the league's bottom two and hanging in the Challenge Cup by a thread, prompting the tough decision to relieve LeFebvre of his duties.
In a pivotal moment of fate, American Chuck Weber – a vastly experienced two-time ECHL Champion was found to be looking for a new challenge and the Blaze secured a major coup appointing him as LeFebvre’s replacement.
Early progress was slow, but Weber's influence soon bore fruit. Helped by the additions of Jim Jorgensen and Justin DaCosta, the Blaze evolved into a hard-to-beat outfit that would eventually finish in a decent sixth position and only go out of the Challenge Cup at the semi-final stage.
After being matched with the Nottingham Panthers in the playoffs, Weber’s in-form and confident side secured a 3-3 tie at the National ice Centre in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
In the second leg at the Skydome Arena, goals from Ashley Tait and Craig Cescon secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory sending Blaze to the playoff finals weekend for a semi-final encounter with the Belfast Giants.
Ten years after their last playoff triumph. They couldn’t do it again, could they?!
Blaze vs. Belfast Giants 2015 Playoff Semi-Final Saturday @ 1pm
Blaze vs. Sheffield Steelers 2015 Playoff Final Sunday @ 4pm