Lewis forced to retire
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze have been dealt a further blow as 25-year-old Canadian defenceman Trey Lewis has been forced to retire from the sport due to injury.
The 5'11" hard-nosed blue-liner who joined Blaze this past summer for his first professional season, has taken advice from a specialist who has advised him that he should end his playing career with immediate effect.
Lewis, who played 28 games in Elite League competition, is a former Co-Captain of the Halifax Mooseheads, leading them to their first ever Memorial Cup in 2012/13.
After icing over 200 games for the Mooseheads, in 2013/14, the Aldoyne, New Brunswick native played 31 times for the Miramichi Timberwolves, being named Best Defenceman and a MJAHL First All-Star.
Deciding to take the uSports university route for 2014/15, Lewis spent two years with St. Francis Xavier University helping them to their first AUS Conference title in 12 seasons and a National Championship final before choosing to transfer closer to home to the Champion and top-ranked University of New Brunswick.
Due to uSports rules, Lewis was ineligible to play for the UNB Varsity Reds over 2016/17, instead icing for a local senior A side, Elsipogtog Hawks, whilst continuing to practice with New Brunswick as they won the National Championship for a second consecutive season.
The season after, and most recent before joining Coventry, Lewis' UNB finished with a AUS Conference title and bronze medal in the post-season University Cup.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "We would like to thank Trey for his time here in Coventry. It’s unfortunate to lose another player, but in terms of long term health this decision had to be made and we wish Trey all the best in life after hockey."
Trey Lewis commented, "Thanks to everyone in Coventry for the opportunity and for making me feel so welcome. It’s not how I intended finishing my career, but all I can do is wish the team the best of luck for the remainder of the season."
Following the departure of Kelin Ainsworth to Aalborg Pirates of the Danish Metal Ligaen earlier in the week, added to the news of Trey Lewis' retirement, Czech forward Dominik Florian will come back into the Blaze line-up for the weekend games against Fife Flyers and Nottingham Panthers.
Stewart has also confirmed that he is in late-stage talks with a new import forward, and all being well, the player will be able to be announced in the coming days.