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Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey team sign American Ginand

Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Club have confirmed they have signed the American forward Ryan Ginand for the 2013/14 Elite League season.

The 27-year-old from Massachusetts split his time last season with Orlando Solar Bears and Gwinnett Gladiators in the ECHL as well as being called up for seven games in the American Hockey League by Houston Aeros.

Ginand has registered 127 points (50 goals and 77 assists) in 143 games in the ECHL - playing in the All-Star game in 2010/11.

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Fife Flyers 3-2 Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze came from two goals down to earn a point following a 3-2 defeat after penalty shots to Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.

Casey Haines (powerplay) at 12.52 scored the only goal of the first period for Fife, who doubled their advantage at 24.08, also on the powerplay, through John Dolan.

But Brad Leeb pulled one back for Blaze on the powerplay at 30.17 and then tied the game at 41.40.

With no further scoring, including in the overtime period, the game went to a shoot-out with Jason Pitton claiming the winning shot as Blaze missed all three of their attempts.

Blaze take on Hull Stingrays at the Skydome in the Challenge Cup on Saturday September 29 (7pm face-off).

In the shoot-out I looked across at the guys and they all had their heads in their hands they were that exhausted. They were sat in their stalls in the room for 20 minutes after the game and didn’t move.

But I am delighted to pick up three points this weekend (2-1 win over Cardiff Devils on Saturday) with four key guys missing from the line-up.

– Paul Thompson, Blaze coach

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Coventry Blaze sign Mike Egener for 2012/13

CPP Coventry Blaze have signed defenceman Mike Egener for the 2012/12 Elite League campaign.

The German-born 27 year-old spent last season with Esbjerg in Denmark, posting 11 points and accumulating 241 penalty minutes in 27 games.

Egener has played 175 games in the American Hockey League for Springfield Falcons and Norfolk Admirals over a four-year period, racking up 505 penalty minutes along the way.

“I'm looking for my team to be bigger and meaner, especially at the back-end, next season and Mike fits that bill.

“He has had four years in the American League and has also played in Europe. He was a second-round pick and was a high prospect but he was never called up into the NHL.

“Mike put up some decent numbers for a defenceman in the ECHL a couple of years ago and I will be looking for him to do the same.

“He is a pretty rounded player, he is very mobile for a big guy and he plays a physical game. I like the presence he will give us and I am excited to have him with us.”

– Coach Paul Thompson