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Stewart secures Playoff Champion Schiestel

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to announce the signing of 30-year-old Canadian defenceman Drew Schiestel from Elite League Playoff Champions Cardiff Devils.

Standing at 6’1”, the left-shot blue-liner iced 46 times for the Devils last season in Elite League competition producing 6 goals, 16 assists for a total of 22 points.

Prior to moving to the UK, Schiestel spent most of four years (2014-18) registering half-a-point per game in well-respected European leagues including the DEL (Düsseldorfer EG), Denmark (Rungsted Seier Capital), EBEL (Fehérvár AV19) and Norway (Lørenskog).

The Hamilton, Ontario native has 247 AHL regular season and Calder Cup playoff games to his name with 63 points (2009-14). In 2010/11 whilst with the Portland Pirates he was named to the AHL all-star game and later in his career has added 23 ECHL appearances with 7 points to his CV.

In 2007, following stand-out seasons for Niagara IceDogs and Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL (267 regular season and playoff games, 132 points), Schiestel was picked 2nd round (59th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL and participated in a number of training camps with the USA based team.

Over the 2019/20 season, Schiestel will combine his playing duties with study at Coventry University Business School. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Drew adds massively to our back-end in all areas. He’s got good size, skates very well, moves the puck well and can play all situations. He’s coming off a playoff trophy with Cardiff and will bring some experience to a young roster. We are delighted to get him on board next season and owe credit to our relationship with Coventry University Business School in making this happen!"

Schiestel commented, “I’m extremely grateful to have the chance to come to a club that has a long history of success, in a league that is only getting deeper and more competitive every year. The partnership with Coventry University is unrivalled in the league and I’m excited about attending such a respected school along with helping the club be a winning team on the ice this season.”

Own and Loan a Schiestel Jersey

Drew Schiestel will wear #44 for the Blaze in the 2019/20 Elite League season.

You can now Own and Loan his home or away regular season jersey, or his Challenge Cup special edition jersey by calling the Blaze office on 02477 719919 (Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm).

Own and Loan a blue (home) or white (away) regular season jersey - £250.

Own and Loan a special edition Challenge Cup jersey - £150.