Stewart brings fan favourite Paquette to Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are delighted to announce the signing of 26-year-old Canadian forward Danick Paquette.
The 6'0" right-shooting winger joins the club from Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL where over 46 games last season, he posted 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) and 185 penalty minutes which included 15 fighting majors.
In total, since turning professional with Gwinnett Gladiators in 2010, the Montreal native has skated in 341 ECHL regular season and playoff matches. During that time, he has registered 179 points (84 goals, 95 assists) and amassed 1,329 penalty minutes.
Paquette's career year thus far came in 2013/14 with the Utah Grizzlies where he sat second on the team for scoring with 23 goals, 26 assists for 49 points.
The following season with the Grizzlies, as well as being made associate Captain, he was announced winner of the Fan Favourite award, an honour also handed to the Canadian in 2016 with the Manchester Monarch's.
As a Captain in junior, his 175 points (94 goals, 81 assists) in 251 QMJHL games, helped the Lewiston Maineiacs to their only President’s Cup in 2007. A year later, the then 19-year-old was drafted by the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, round 3, 64th overall in the 2008 entry-draft.
Later traded to the Washington Capitals, Paquette has appeared at NHL rookie training camps, playing in prospect games and holds six AHL games to his name with Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "Danick is a huge signing for us in so many ways. He's a tough cookie and will bring a huge physical element to our team. Our fans are going to love him. He finishes checks all over the ice, he fights and more importantly he's a guy that can play as well. He's a skilled player that has very good hands and a knack around the net. He's a former 23 goal guy in the ECHL and we will be looking to him for production in that area as well. He falls in line with what we are trying to build here. Another guy that will compete every night and be tough to play against.”
Danick Paquette ECHL highlights 2016/17