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Blaze set for bumper pre-season

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm the first four fixtures of an extensive pre-season campaign ahead of the 2016/17 Elite League season.

Danny Stewart’s reign as Blaze Head Coach will begin at the Skydome Arena on Wednesday 24th August against Elite League rivals the Nottingham Panthers (7.30pm face-off).

Blaze will then take on the Destil (Tilburg) Trappers on Sunday 28th August at the Skydome with a 5.15pm face-off. The Trappers although based in the Netherlands competed in the German Oberliga (3rd tier) last season being crowned champions in their debut year. A jump to DEL2 is possible before the club come to Coventry.

The next day (Monday 29th August), there will be a bank-holiday treat as the Cardiff Devils travel to Coventry for a game that will face-off at 4pm.

On Saturday 3rd September Blaze will head to Cardiff for their first experience in the Devils’ new home (7.00pm face-off).

Two additional pre-season games are to be confirmed with one of them being a home date on Wednesday 7th September (7.30pm face-off) and the other away on Wednesday 31st August.

Director of Hockey Operations James Pease said of the bumper pre-season schedule:

“The Elite League season will start a week later than usual but we did not want to simply bring in the players at a later date. We want to use the time purposefully to make sure the guys are ready to go from game 1 of the season. It gives the imports new to the league more chance to settle and allows Danny additional time to work with his team and outline our plans and expectations for the season ahead. It's still a couple of months away but we all can't wait to get going."

The pre-season schedule with two further games still to confirm is as follows: 

Home: Nottingham Panthers - 7:30pm Wednesday 24th August 2016

Home: Destil Tilburg Trappers - 5:15pm Sunday 28th August 2016

Home: Cardiff Devils - 4pm Monday 29th August 2016

Away: Fixture still to be confirmed - Wednesday 31st August 2016

Away: Cardiff Devils - 7pm Saturday 3rd September 2016

Home: Fixture still to be confirmed - 7.30pm Wednesday 7th September 2016