In an announcement this morning Coventry Blaze have announced the departure of Miroslaz Kopriva with immediate effect following his short return to the Blaze.
He is to be replaced by the former Minnesota Wild draft pick and Buffola Sabres Netminder Matt Hackett, who will play his first game on Saturday away against Guildford Flames.
Hackett was named in the 2011/12 season in the AHL All Star game, and iced 213 regular season games between 2010 and 2017 in the same league with a save-percentage of 90.9%. During 2011 – 2015 Hackett played 26 games in the NHL both with the Sabres and the Wild.
This is huge news for the Coventry Blaze who have been struggling to find any consistency in the netminder role this season, now on their 5th netty (including Hedley’s stint during transitions) this season.
Head Coach Danny Stewart had this to say about the new signing;
“In Matt, we get a guy that’s played at the very highest level and had success there. We are delighted to get someone of his pedigree. He’s a big guy that will bring us elite goal-tending at this level every night.”
More to follow on this signing, including reaction, stats and in-depth review later today.
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