Pietrus and Blaze go separate directions
After much summer deliberation, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm that club Captain of the past two years, Jordan Pietrus will not be returning for a fourth season with the organisation.
The 32-year-old Canadian, who joined Coventry early into the 2015/16 campaign went on to play 196 total games registering 81 goals and 97 assists for a total of 178 points.
Serving, with distinction as club Captain for two of his three years, 180 of those appearances came in Elite League competitions where he amassed a total of 73 goals, 88 assists for 161 points.
He ranks 7th in all-time goals, 13th in all-time assists and 12th all-time for points in Elite League competitions for Coventry.
In his time with the Blaze, the popular number 16 was voted Booster Club and Blue Army Player of the Season, plus Forward of the Year in 2015/16, Clubman of the Season in 2016/17 and most recently, again voted Booster Club Player of the season for 2017/18.
Prior to his time in Coventry, Pietrus spent a season in Poland where he was the league’s top goal and point’s scorer (28+38 = 66 in 45 games).
At Brown University in 2010, he won the prestigious Derek Hines Unsung Hero award before going on to play over 270 games in the East Coast Hockey League.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Jordan has been a fantastic ambassador to this club for the best part of three seasons. He played a pivotal role for us on the ice, off the ice and in the community. He will be tough to replace, and we want to thank Jordan for his contributions to the club during his time here. We wish him, along with Shannon and Maeve, the best of luck in their next chapter.”
Jordan Pietrus commented, “All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, after much thought and deliberation, Danny, management and I, all agreed that it is time to go in our separate directions. I want to thank everyone in the Blaze organisation for the past three seasons. Shannon and I have had experiences and memories, including the birth of our daughter, Maeve, in Coventry, that we will carry with us forever.”
A full message from Jordan will follow.