Ndur congratulates Cowley on unbelievable honour
As far as players go, they don't come much bigger or badder than the "Nigerian Nightmare" Rumun Ndur.
The former NHL defenceman spent two years with the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, one season with, and one as an opponent of Russell Cowley whose #17 jersey is set to be retired on Sunday night at the Skydome Arena.
The former Buffalo Sabres draft-pick, joined the club ahead of 2006/07, the single season Cowley spent away from the Midlands with Cardiff Devils.
Winning the Elite League and Challenge Cup in his debut year, Ndur was re-signed and joined by Cowley who decided upon a return to the Skydome for 2007/08.
Despite a season ruined by injury, Ndur alongside Cowley was to lift a back-to-back Championship, adding a knock-out-cup too.
Still a popular figure amongst Blaze fans, Ndur said about the number 17:
"Russ, I loved it when you came back to Coventry and settled right in to a team that had changed a lot from the one that you had left a year prior.
“Your battles with Calds (Adam Calder) and Peasey (James Pease) during training and nights out always brought a smile to my face!!
“Having your number retired by your club is one of the greatest honours an athlete could ever wish to achieve!
“I may have only played one season with you in Coventry but even in that one year I knew how much love you had for Coventry and the Blaze organization.
“Congratulations on this unbelievable honour my friend!”
The Blaze would encourage fans to purchase tickets for this special game as soon as possible as we are expecting a big crowd.
Please also arrive and find your seats as early as you can on the night. Doors open at 4.30pm.
The ceremony will take place before the puck-drop around 5.15pm. We recommend that everyone is seated by 5pm.
Call 02476 630693 or visit the Skydome Box Office.