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Danny Stewart

Danny Stewart

Director of Hockey/Head Coach

Hugely popular Canadian, Danny Stewart previously spent four incredibly successful seasons as a player with Coventry between 2006 and 2010 - winning the Elite League Championship on three occasions and also adding a Challenge Cup and Knock-Out Cup. Danny then became player/coach of the now defunct Newcastle Vipers and during his year in the North East, guided his team to the Challenge Cup semi-final. He was named Elite League Coach of the Year despite the off-ice struggles of the organisation. After five years as Associate Coach of the Fife Flyers, in 2016, Danny returned to lead the Blaze with a wealth of coaching knowledge and the same pride and passion for his work that made him one of the club's all-time favourite players. In 2018, after taking on additional responsibility for the on-ice side of the club, Danny's significant efforts were rewarded with the role of Director of Hockey, in addition to his Head Coaching role.

Kevin Noble

Kevin Noble

Player/Assistant Coach

Kevin combines playing with the role of Assistant Coach. He is in his fourth season with the club.

Dayle Keen

Dayle Keen

Skills Development Coach

Keen, is a pro hockey coach of over 10 years who has been working throughout the UK, Sweden, Norway and Finland and is a featured writer for the coaches site, bringing constraints-based learning to ice hockey.

Nicky Sherlock

Nicky Sherlock

Physiotherapist

Nicky is the Head Physiotherapist for the Coventry Blaze and brings a wealth of experience in sports rehabilitation. She has worked with the team for many years and also serves as the Head Physiotherapist to the Great Britain ice hockey team, a position she has held for several years and has seen her take part in serveral World Championship and Olympic Qualification events. Nicky combines her Blaze role with running her own physiotherapy clinic, Elite Therapy.

Suryacitta  Malcolm Smith

Suryacitta Malcolm Smith

Mindfulness Coach

Mindfulness Coach Suryacitta Malcolm Smith began working with Blaze during the middle of 2017/18. Suryacitta has dedicated his life to practicing and teaching of Mindfulness since 1989. An author of three books and co-designer of the MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion at Coventry University, he is one of the most experienced and respected teachers in the UK and leads events around the world. As co-founder of Mindfulness CIC, with the Blaze, his focus is on mindfulness in a sporting context, working on the psychological aspect of the game to help enhance and maximise performance.

Steve Small

Steve Small

Equipment Manager

Steve is one of the longest serving and most experienced Equipment Managers in British ice hockey and had been working with the Blaze since our move to Coventry in 2000.  As well as looking after all the team's equipment needs, Steve is responsible for the team's dressing room area and for managing the logisitics for all of the team's away games.  Steve now serves as one of the Equipment Managers for the Great Britain men's team and has taken part in several World Championship events.

Matty Simpson

Matty Simpson

Assistant Equipment Manager

Matty assists Steve in looking after and preparing player equipment, setting up and packing away the dressing room, and with various logistics.

Jerry Deno

Jerry Deno

Northeastern US pro-scout

Jerry has worked in minor league hockey in the US since 2000. His positions have included being Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for a new single A level minor pro hockey league, a Northeastern scout for the CPJHL and various operations roles in the FHL, particularly with Danbury where he met Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart. 

Dustin Korlak

Dustin Korlak

Western Canadian pro-scout

Dustin Korlak spent four years (2006-2010) playing hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) before moving to Europe to play professional hockey in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium for two years.  Since then, he has turned his career from playing to coaching and scouting. Dustin has coached in the MJHL for the past two seasons.  He has experience scouting for Gold Star Sports Management Group and ISS Hockey.  Dustin will be scouting the Western Canadian Region for the Blaze.

Blaze TV

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze vs Nottingham Panthers - 16/09/18

Alex Nikiforuk Interview - 16/09/18

Danny Stewart Interview - 16/09/18

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Blaze Talk

Pietrus & Dingle on BBC CWR with Justine Greene (10/09/17)

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Danny Stewart on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire (10/18/17)

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Danny Stewart on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire 05/07/17

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