Watch now: #17 Cowley Jersey Retirement
On Sunday 18th February, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze retired the #17 jersey of their all-time leading appearance record holder Russell Cowley.
During fifteen seasons with the club, the now 34-year-old, played 920 games with 452 points (154 goals, 298 assists), winning a British National League double, the Elite League three times in addition to the Play-offs twice, the Challenge Cup and the Knock-Out Cup – including the Grand Slam in 2004/05.
Thanks to Clean Cut Sports, the ceremony can now be watched here:
In the weeks running up to the big day, we were inundated with tributes and kind words for Russell.
It’d be impossible to share them all, but here’s an overview:
- Chartrand congratulates Cowley
Tributes from coaches and Captain
Congratulations @RussellCowley17 it’s hard to think of a guy that is more deserving of the honor than you my friend. You embodied what it was/is to be a true teammate and friend. @juniperjames_ and I wish you and the fam nothing but the best. #blaze17 #legend #doctor— Jim Jorgensen (@jjorgensen15) February 18, 2018
Former Blaze Captain Ashley Tait on @RussellCowley17: "I couldn't think of a more fitting gesture for Russ. In my years as a colleague, he was a consummate professional who never gave less than 100% from the 1st practice & game to the last. I wish him every success in the future" pic.twitter.com/wThbcUfwDV— Coventry Blaze (@covblazehockey) February 18, 2018
Cowley looks back on Blaze career
#17 in numbers
Thanks to Matt Hood, here's a complete run down of the British forwards extraordinary achievements for the club:
Infographic designed by Jordan Gook (@KnightsSheriff)
Photos of the night
Graphic designed by Jordan Gook: