Daddy Pietrus excited to meet new teammates
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Captain Jordan Pietrus will shortly arrive back at the Skydome Arena to embark on a third Elite League season with the club.
The 31-year-old, who has iced in more than 100 games, producing over 80 points has enjoyed a busy summer, not least learning how to be a Dad.
“Fatherhood has been amazing! It's been such a blessing to have Maeve join Shannon and I. Watching her learn the simplest new things almost daily has been so much fun to watch and encourage. Shannon has been an amazing Mom. I'm really lucky to have her by my side. We’ve also done a crazy amount of travel this summer with Maeve, but she loved it and got to meet all of her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents! It's been a lot of fun.”
Being the consummate professional, despite the addition of Maeve and the attention required from the new Father, the Blaze #16 has maintained his focus on the ice, returning to put the disappointment of the past campaign behind him.
“Whilst I’ve been on the go constantly, I’ve made sure to keep a consistent training regime whilst visiting our family and friends, and I also ran some hockey clinics in Coventry, as well as back home. Needless to say Shannon and I are both extremely excited to get back to Coventry for the upcoming year!”
With many comings and goings from the Blaze line-up this off-season, when the Canadian hits the ice later this week, he’ll be joined by a large number of new faces. Entering his ninth year pro, Pietrus though knows, it's just part of the business.
“It’s always tough to see guys leave to play in new places, but it also comes with the territory in pro-hockey,” reflected Jordan. “I wish nothing but the best for those who have moved on, but I'm extremely excited to get started with this new group. The beauty of pro-hockey is the opportunity to make new friends each year from all over the world. I can't wait to welcome the new guys into the Blaze family, it’s going to be great.”
Pietrus’ new teammates will include former opponents, not least Ryan Dingle who lead the EIHL’s Fife Flyers for scoring last year, Gaelan Patterson, Dannick Paquette and Marco Vallerand who all played in the ECHL against the former Elmira Jackall, Trenton Titan and South Carolina Stingray.
“Danny (Stewart) has worked tirelessly this summer with Robbo (Brett Robinson) and James Pease to intentionally put a team together that has strong character and will compete night-in, night-out. Of course, there will be an adjustment period for the guys to come together, but I'm really looking forward to building each day with this group. Everything I've heard about the new guys has been overwhelmingly positive. I remember competing against many of them in North America and I am excited to compete with them every day. The brief conversations I've had with many of my new teammates have been very positive as well. It's our job now to set some goals, put the work in on the ice, and come together as a family to attain the goals we set out to attain.”
See Jordan Pietrus back in action with his new teammates at the Skydome Arena on Wednesday 23rd August against the Manchester Storm.