Stewart captures Ainsworth
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to announce the addition of Canadian forward Kelin Ainsworth to their 2018/19 Elite League roster.
The 26-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ontario spent last season (his first pro), in the Hungarian Erste Liga with Fehérvári Titánok where he led the league for points (53) which included 17 goals and 36 assists in 32 regular season games. He also added 4 assists in 4 playoff matches.
Before turning professional, Ainsworth spent two years at Lake Superior State University in the NCAA, followed by four years at Lakehead Univeristy (Usports), where his record read 109 games played, 38 goals, 52 assists for a total of 90 points. At Lakehead, he was named Associate Captain and in his final year was awarded Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player.
As a junior, the 5’10” winger iced with Traverse City North Stars (NAHL) and was a Champion of the SIJHL as part of the Fort William North Stars.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Kelin comes to us at a great age. He’s a passionate player who is hungry to get better. On the ice he will bring a lot of pace up the middle for us. He is a very smart player with great playing making ability, but can score as well. He’s a good special team’s guy, but also plays the right way off the puck. He thinks the game well and that’s important. Leading your league in scoring in your first year pro is not something to be ignored either. I think we will see a guy that leaves his heart out on the ice. And the more of those the better.”
Kelin Ainsworth commented, “I have decided to come to Coventry and the Elite League because I feel that I am signing with a very professional club, in a really good league. After speaking with Danny, I felt that I would be given a responsible role with the club and will be expected to be an impact player, which is something every player looks for when signing with a team.
“Coventry is giving me a great opportunity to play at a really good level, so it was an easy decision for me to make. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to getting there to start the season.
“I am a skilled forward who has offensive upside. I think the game very well, I use my speed and my hockey sense to create offensive opportunities while also worrying about both the offensive and defensive side of the game. I am an extremely passionate player and love the game, I am always looking to improve and look forward to making an impact in Coventry this year."
ð»ð²ðâð» pic.twitter.com/VQgeJnyxfb— Coventry Blaze (@covblazehockey) July 10, 2018