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Miika Wiikman Released By Coventry Blaze

The Coventry Blaze have announced that experienced netminder, Miika Wiikman, has been released from his contract with immediate effect.

The announcement comes the same day that centerman Kelin Ainsworth asked for his release to move to the Aalborg Pirates.

Wiikman was in his fourth season in the Elite League, starting life in the UK with the Nottingham Panthers. After a pair of seasons he moved to Elite League newcomers, the MK Lightning, and then made the jump to Coventry this summer.

The decision to release Wiikman was made by Blaze Head Coach, Danny Stewart, who commented: “We would like to thank ‘Wiiks’ for his time here. He battled through an injury early on, and when he came back was put in a tough spot. He’s a great professional and we wish him the best.”



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Kelin Ainsworth Leaves Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze have announced that centerman Kelin Ainsworth has left the club with immediate effect and joined the reigning Danish Champions, Aalborg Pirates.

Ainsworth joined the Blaze in this summer after a season in the Hungarian Erste Liga with Fehérvári Titánok, where he lead the league for points (53).

In his 22 league games with the Blaze, he picked up 18 points.

Head Coach Danny Stewart: “It’s unfortunate to lose ‘Ainsy’ at this time. We are already on the search for a replacement and hope to have somebody in place as soon as possible.”

Aalborg  Head Coach Jason Morgan: “Kelin Ainsworth is an exciting player, who plays with a lot of passion. He has leadership qualities, and will add great offensive depth for us up front. Kelin is a big skater with a very good release. I had the opportunity to coach against Kelin last season in the Erste League, where he put up 53 points in 32 games. He was also a captain. We are excited to get Kelin into our lineup.”


Featured Image – CoventryBlaze.com/Scott Wiggins

The Blaze – Reignited

The Coventry Blaze ‘Meet The Players’ night on Thursday 23rd gave a fascinating insight into the team for the upcoming season.

It has been a year and one day since the last team took up their sharpies and spent the evening crammed into Crosbys bar at the Skydome. Whilst in many respects, the evening was the same, but there was something different this year.

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Danny Stewart on his return to the Coventry Blaze // Part One

It’s a Wednesday night at the Coventry Blaze Skydome. We’re settling down in Crosby’s bar for a meet and greet with our new coach. The bar is fairly full and everyone seems eager to hear what Danny Stewart has to say on his future with the Blaze. The pints are flowing and everyone seems in good spirits as I settle on the floor at the front to listen and capture the words of wisdom and encouragement that he is, without doubt going to heap on us in droves.

Within minutes, everyone is completely enraptured. The quiet and whispered conversations that had been going on have died off and all eyes and ears are on Danny, hanging on his every word.

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