Nastiuk unable to return to Blaze
It is with great disappointment that due to an ongoing medical issue, 33-year-old Canadian netminder Kevin Nastiuk has confirmed that he will no longer be able to return to the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze for a second season.
The 6’1” goalie made a total of 61 Elite League competition appearances for the club over 2017/18, being named Best Defensive Player, Players’ Player of the Season and Coaches Player of the Year.
Prior to his impressive Elite League season, Nastiuk was a draft pick of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and won back-to-back DEL Championships as part of Germany’s Eisbären Berlin.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Kevin is a fantastic person and an outstanding goalie. We will definitely miss his presence both on and off the ice. He’s as disappointed as we are that he is no longer able to return but some things are more important than the game, and so at this moment, all we can do is wish him nothing but the very best.”
Kevin Nastiuk commented, “It’s with much sadness that I won’t be able to return to Coventry for a second season. I really enjoyed my first year in the league, and want to thank the great fans, my teammates and the club for making me feel so welcome. I wish the team and organisation every success for the coming season.”
Nastiuk's replacement in the Blaze net for the 2018/19 Elite League season will be announced at 1pm today (Wednesday 15th August).