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Joyaux bolsters Blaze blue-line

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze have bolstered their blue-line for the 2018/19 Elite League season with the signing of 26-year-old American defenceman Chris Joyaux.

The 6’1” Bloomingdale, Illinois native has spent the past two years with Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL where in 107 appearances, the right-shooter posted 28 points and was a regular plus player. Last season he was named Associate Captain of the club.

Before his first taste of pro in 2016, making 8 appearances for St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL, Joyaux was a NCAA (CCHA) regular season and NCAA (NCHC) Champion with Miami University.

At junior level, he holds over 100 appearances in the USHL with Chicago Steel, Des Moines Buccaneers and Tri-City Storm.

During his time with the Blaze, Joyaux will study at Coventry University's Business School.

Danny Stewart said, “Chris is a very mobile, puck moving defenceman that plays 200 feet very well. He’s got good size and can play in all situations. He is another guy that comes to us at a good age and is still hungry to get better. He will log lots of minutes for us this season and bring some energy to our line-up, both on and off the ice. Finding good solid right handed guys isn’t always easy, and in Chris we feel we have found one."

Chris Joyaux commented, “I’ve chosen Coventry because of the impressive reputation coach Stewart and Coventry are known for. The Blaze is a reputable organisation and I am excited to have been given the chance to study on the Coventry University masters programmes, so this is an opportunity that will not only better my hockey career but also my future career endeavors. Signing to Coventry is a new, exciting experience for me and I’m really looking forward to being a part of and representing this team and city.”

“I’m a fast two-way defenseman who takes pride in keeping the puck out of the net, but also can get up in the play and contribute offensively. 

“Coming from a captaincy role, I know I can contribute in the locker room and be someone guys can count on, talk to and trust both on and off the ice. My skating ability, sense of the game, puck movement and my shot are known to be my biggest assets.”