Blaze toughen up with addition of Garrett Klotz
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze have added serious toughness to their 2016/17 roster in the form of 6'6" Canadian forward Garrett Klotz.
The 27-year-old brings over 370 professional games experiences and near 900 penalties with him to Coventry. Included are a near 100 fighting majors, dropping the gloves with some of the most established heavyweights in the game including; Jon Mirasty, Brett Gallant and those familiar to Elite League fans, Zack Fitzgerald, Kevin Westgarth and Tim Spencer (see full fight card).
Klotz was drafted out of the Western Hockey League where he was a member of the Saskatoon Blades in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League draft (66th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers.
He played four seasons with the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, two of those as a teammate of Blaze goalie Brian Stewart, registering 11 points and 191 penalty minutes in 155 games. He also skated in two games with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals during the 2012-13 season.
Last season, Klotz spent a year with the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Elmira Jackals, the fifth ECHL team of his career, where combined his league tally reads 17 points, 304 penalty minutes in 116 games. In the most recent campaign alone, Klotz was involved in 13 fighting altercations.
The Regina, Saskatcewan native also notched 38 points and 386 penalty minutes in 104 Central Hockey League games with the Bloomington PrairieThunder and then Allen Americans in 2013/14 where he was part of a Championship winning Allen team.
Head Coach Danny Stewart of his latest recurit:
"Klotz is an important signing for us. He provides us with presence and further depth in the lineup and will complete our 4th line. He's a tough character and hard working guy. I felt it was important to add this element of toughness to our lineup to prevent any teams coming into our barn and taking liberties on our guys. There were times last year in Coventry where some of our better players had to get involved with some tough boys and that shouldn't happen. In saying that, we wanted a guy that would buy into what we wanted do and not be a distraction. Garrett is that guy. He knows the role and he doesn't make it about him. He's a team first guy and we will also expect him to play as well."