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Paquette is back!!!!

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are excited to announce the re-signing of fan favourite Danick Paquette for the 2018/19 Elite League season.

The 27-year-old Canadian who joined the club last summer registered 11 goals, 19 assists for 30 points and 196 penalty-minutes in 40 regular season games. One of those strikes, against the Cardiff Devils was voted goal of the season. Against the same side, and eventual playoff winners, he also scored and added an assist in the two-legged playoff quarter-final series.

Before the first year in Europe, the 6'0" right-shooting winger iced in 341 ECHL regular season and playoff matches. During that time, he totalled 179 points (84 goals, 95 assists) and amassed 1,329 penalty minutes.   

With the Utah Grizzlies in 2013/14, he had a career year, sitting second on the team for scoring with 23 goals, 26 assists for 49 points. The following season he was named associate Captain and announced winner of the Fan Favourite award, an honour also handed to him in 2016 with the Manchester Monarch's.

As a Captain in junior, his 175 points (94 goals, 81 assists) in 251 QMJHL games, helped the Lewiston Maineiacs to their only President’s Cup in 2007. A year later, the then 19-year-old was drafted by the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, round 3, 64th overall in the 2008 entry-draft.

Later traded to the Washington Capitals, the Montreal native has appeared at NHL rookie training camps, playing in prospect games and holds six AHL games to his name with Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “I thought Danick really came into his own the last couple months last season. We saw the quality that he brings and combined with his physicality, he can be a very effective player."

"I felt it took him some time to settle in and get adjusted to the league. He had some unfortunate calls combined with some injuries, and being in and out of the line-up can make it tough to find momentum. He's got a great set of hands, protects pucks well and can see the ice as good as anybody. Our goal is to pick up where he left off last season and he’ll be a big part of that. We expect a big season from Danick and I feel he will be much better prepared for the league and the upcoming season.”

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