Blaze re-sign trio
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are delighted to announce the return of trio Brett Robinson, Jordan Pietrus and Jim Jorgensen.
Brett Robinson, who was named Coach’s Player of the Season this evening at the Blaze awards show has signed a one-year deal with the club for the 2016/17 season.
The 31 year-old, joined Blaze last summer following over 340 games in the East Coast Hockey League where he won and scored the Kelly Cup clinching goal, with Cincinatti Cyclones in 2009/10 under current Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber.
In his first season in Europe, the Canadian forward led the club for points in Elite League competition games with 62 in 58 games and his 24 goals tied teammate and other returnee, Jordan Pietrus for top goal-scorer.
Pietrus, who equalled Robinson’s goal-scoring exploits in just 52 games has agreed a two-year with the club taking him through to the end of the 2017/18 season.
The 30 year-old, initially arrived in Coventry on a four-week trial quickly impressing Head Coach, Chuck Weber and earning himself a contract for the season.
Prior to joining Blaze, Pietrus proudly won the prestigious Derek Hines Unsung Hero award at Brown University in 2010 before going on to play over 270 games in the East Coast Hockey League. He then spent a season in Poland where he was the league’s top goal and point’s scorer (28+38 = 66 in 45 games).
In addition to scoring 24 goals, the Blaze number 16 added 19 assists during his first season in the Elite League. Proving extremely popular with fans, Pietrus was voted Best Forward at the club’s awards night and also picked up the Blaze Blue Army and Booster Club Player of the Season awards.
Finally, American defenceman Jim Jorgensen has also agreed to a new two-year deal, as-per Pietrus until the end of the 2017/18 season.
30 year-old, Jorgensen in his second season with Blaze posted 9 goals, 24 assists for 33 points and played in all 60 Elite League and Challenge Cup games. As well as logging huge minutes for the club in all situations, he also led the team in the much valued plus/minus category during the past season.
Before arriving in Coventry mid-through the 2015/16 season, proving pivotal to Blaze ending the season as Playoff Champions, Jorgensen spent time in France, the ECHL, CHL and with Elite League rivals Braehead Clan and Sheffield Steelers.
After lifting the playoff trophy last season, the Blaze number 11 took little time to re-sign with the club who he will now spend another two season's with, much to the delight of fans who voted him Defenceman of the Season and in the top three for Player of the Season.