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Stewart commits future to Blaze

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to confirm that Head Coach Danny Stewart has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract extension.

Stewart was appointed the club’s Head Coach in 2016/17 and has since taken on additional responsibility in the role of Director of Hockey.

The Fort McMurray native recently led the Blaze to an impressive third place in the Elite League before the campaign was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

When the season was prematurely halted, Stewart’s side were on a streak of 17 consecutive EIHL competition games without losing in regulation time and had only lost twice in regulation over their last 27 games.

It was a sensational season for Stewart whose team included the league’s leading goal-scorer (Luke Ferrara), top-assist maker (Janne Laakkonen) and statistically the best goalie (C.J. Motte).

Prior, the Canadian had led the Blaze to two playoff finishes and holds five years coaching experience with the Fife Flyers (2011-16). Before joining Fife in 2011, he was named Coach of the Year following a season with the now defunct Newcastle Vipers.

As a player, Danny appeared in over 800 professional games registering more than 500 points. Over four seasons with Coventry between 2006 and 2010 he won the Elite League Championship on three occasions, including back-to-back successes whilst also adding a Challenge Cup and Knock-Out Cup.

Blaze Chairman Andy Buxton said, “We have a huge amount of admiration for the commitment and dedication that Danny brings to his very broad role with the club. Like everyone, Danny especially, we are all so disappointed that the abrupt end to the season means we are all talking about what might have been, rather than what was. 

“He has been an outstanding leader, motivator and coach. He understands the club, our constraints and our dynamics, and works tirelessly to keep moving things forward.

"We would like to take this time to thank Danny for everything he has done and continues to do, and we are delighted that he will be leading us for the foreseeable future.”

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