Venus signs two-year contract with Blaze
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are delighted to announce that forward Ross Venus has put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal with the club
At just 21-years-old, Venus has already played over 350 Elite League games for Coventry after coming through the club’s academy system and famously scored the game-winning-goal as Blaze won the Elite League Playoff Championship in 2015.
This past season, the Solihull born winger helped Blaze reach the Playoff final for a second year running and was named ‘Clubman of the Season’, an award given to an individual whose significant efforts often go under the radar.
In February, ahead of the Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Italy, Venus was called-up to the senior Great Britain squad for the first time. His performances on the international stage and at Elite League level continued to impress earning him selection for the World Championships, currently taking place in Zagreb, Croatia.
Director of Hockey Operations, James Pease said: “We are very pleased to welcome Ross back for another season. We took him on as a project out of the Blaze academy all those years ago and I believe the work he and the club have put into his development is now coming to fruition. People forget that Ross is still only 21-years-old. His understanding of the game and play away from the puck is far ahead of his age and we are thrilled with how he has developed and committed himself to being one of the best penalty killers in the Elite League."
Pease continued: "He has embraced the role as a penalty-killing shut-down forward and will do anything to help his team win, whether that’s block a big shot or do the dirty work in the corners. He’s not just limited to that though, as we saw in the Playoff final last year, he has a good skill set and the ability to make plays offensively when required. He’s a huge part of our team and we only expect him to get better and better.”
From Croatia, speaking to Elite League Media Consultant Seth Bennett, Venus said: "I’m excited to be back. That’s the club that I’ve been at since I was 16. They gave me the opportunity to begin with and I see that as the place that I can keep improving the most and help me get into the GB squad more often and become a better player.”