Venus to reach ten consecutive years with Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to confirm that British forward Ross Venus has signed a new two-year deal which will see him reach a tenth consecutive season with the club.
The 24-year-old, who is a product of the Blaze academy system has just enjoyed his most productive Elite League season to date posting 7 goals, 16 assists in 56 regular season games, also scoring and adding 4 assists in 6 Challenge Cup games. A further strike came for the Solihull born winger in the hard-fought playoff series against the eventual winners Cardiff Devils.
A crucial part of Blaze's penalty-kill unit, Venus' most famous moment in a Coventry jersey came as he scored the game-winning goal to win the Elite League Playoff Championship in 2015.
The following year, he proudly represented Team Great Britain at the World Championship in Croatia, scoring his debut international goal. In each of the past two years, he has been named to the 28-man training camp squad ahead of each of the gold medal tournaments.
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "’V’ is coming off possibly his best season here in Coventry. He has always been a reliable guy. A smart player that plays with his head. He's good defensively, plays a big role on our penalty-kill and got stronger as the season went on. This past season I thought we saw some more offensive upside from him and we will look to build on that going forward. He's experienced at this level, but we forget sometimes he's only 24. He still has a lot of room to grow as a player and we are glad to have him back.”
Ross Venus commented, “Coming through the academy, it was a dream to play in just one game for the Blaze, and here I am set to reach ten years, playing regularly at an ever-improving level where I feel comfortable, knowing that I can contribute. Some might take me re-signing with the Blaze as an obvious thing but the reason I have stayed so long isn’t just because it’s my local team, it’s also because the organisation has treated me very well, and Danny puts his trust in me to play in all situations and that’s something I’m very proud of. I will keep working hard to do my very best for Coventry moving forward, and hopefully have the opportunity to represent GB many more times in the future too.”
Stewart: âThis past season I thought we saw some more offensive upside from @rvenus59 & we will look to build on that going forward. He's experienced at this level but we forget sometimes he's only 24. He still has a lot of room to grow as a player. We are glad to have him back.â pic.twitter.com/COXSLfJVRe— Coventry Blaze (@covblazehockey) May 2, 2018