Weber praise for 'game-changer' Carlson

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze coach Chuck Weber feels the plaudits Dan Carlson is receiving speaks volumes of the American as he prepares to have his number 26 jersey retired.

Carlson will join former team-mate Adam Calder in having his shirt raised to the rafters when Sheffield Steelers arrive at the Skydome this evening (5.15pm face-off).

The 36-year-old remains the all-time leader point-scorer in Coventry colours having posted 559 (177 goals and 382 assists) in 430 appearances over a six-year period.

He was a member of all four of Blaze's Elite League title wins and also lifted the Challenge Cup twice, the Knockout Cup and play-off championship, being named player of the season in 2010/11. 

"The biggest compliment I can give Dan is that over the years people have tried to find the next Dan Carlson and my understanding is no-one has come close since he retired.

"It is credit to Dan for not only staying for a single year but spending multiple years here and making an important contribution to the hockey but also the community.

"It is also a feather in the cap of the organisation and the city that two quality players in Dan Carlson and Adam Calder stayed in Coventry for an extended period.

"I remember Dan in his first couple of years as a pro and he was a hard-working pit bull who could change a game with a hit or a big goal and he was the same here.

"Dan was a catalyst for Thommo [former Blaze coach Paul Thompson] along with Adam Calder and they played their part in bringing a lot of silverware to the organisation."

Weber's tribute follows a number of others that we have shared throughout the past week:

Adam Calder led the way (here) and we have since shared memories and kind words from other former teammates, Rumun Ndur (here), Sylvain Cloutier, Trevor Koenig and Danny Stewart (here).

Former Blaze Head Coach, Paul Thompson spoke about his "go-to guy" (here) and positive messages have flooded in from both Blaze fans (here) and those of the opposition (here). Blaze's Head of Hockey Operations, James Pease says he is proud to celebrate Dan's achievements (here) whilst Equipment Manager and current Blaze forwards, Russ Cowley and Ashley Tait reminisced about the man affectionately known as "mumbles" (here).

Tickets are still available for the ceremony and retirement of Dan Carlson's 26 jersey and the game against the Sheffield Steelers but we expect a big crowd so make sure you get your tickets quick ONLINE, at the Skydome Arena box office in person or by calling them on 02476 630693.