Pietrus handed Blaze Captaincy
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that fans favourite Jordan Pietrus will be the club's new Captain for the forthcoming 2016/2017 season.
It was announced in April that Ashley Tait would pass on the captaincy that he has held for the last three seasons after becoming Player/Assistant Coach to the Head Coach, Danny Stewart who now turns to Pietrus to wear the famous ‘C’ on his shirt.
Pietrus, 30-years of age and born in Moose Jaw, Canada made a significant impact to the Blaze after signing in October last year, scoring 49 points in 59 games including 27 valuable goals leading to him being handed a new two-year contract.
It was this form, as well as his on-ice tenacity and work-ethic that quickly earned him the respect of his colleagues and the adoration of the Blaze fans. Those same supporters voted Pietrus their Forward of the Year, and the Canadian was also recognised as the Blaze Blue Army and Booster Club’s Player of the Season.
Now the well spoken Pietrus has also earned the Blaze Captaincy, something which he is clearly thrilled about.
“There are a lot of emotions that ran through my head when Danny asked me if I would be willing to take on the responsibility. But more than anything I feel very humbled and honoured. When I think about the past 12 months it's been a roller coaster ride of highs, lows, times of celebration and times of uncertainty.”
The forward continued, “I feel truly honoured to be asked to be the Captain of the Coventry Blaze, a team with a rich and storied history, a team that has been captained by many great players. I would like to thank our management group James Pease, Andy Buxton and Mike & Dianne Cowley for giving me the opportunity to come to Coventry last October and then bringing me back this year. I would also like to thank the management team as well as Danny and Ash for trusting and believing in me enough to give this responsibility to me.”
Head Coach Danny Stewart was glowing in praise for his new Captain, and took the time to stress how important he thought the appointment of Pietrus to be for the Coventry Blaze.
“Jordan is exactly the definition of a Captain. I spoke to many people about him over the years as I tried to recruit him in Newcastle and in Fife. He's a pro. He comes to the rink everyday trying to get better and that’s infectious. He's vocal and at the same time is not afraid to hold guys accountable. He plays the game the right way and through his work rate and production, it gives him the backing to hold guys accountable, lead and to be that catalyst in the room. He is well respected by his peers and every one of them will know that their Captain will go through a wall for them”
The Head Coach also emphasised how important trust was between Coach and Captain.
“A good Captain is sometimes overrated in our sport. He's a guy that must lead in all areas of the game on and off the ice. Jordan does this, and I will rely heavily on him to run that dressing room from within along with the rest of his leadership group. As a coach I have to put trust in my leaders to do their job and its very important to put people in place that share the same values, will lead by action and relay that to the group vocally. It’s a big decision for this club and I am 100 percent confident in this one."
The Blaze boss concluded by confirming that the Associate Captains are yet to be decided.
“I will take my time to decide who I will surround Jordan with. It is also a big decision. As a group they all need to be on the same page but at the same time bring different elements to the group.”
We will be catching up with Jordan later this week, to hear more from him regarding the Captaincy, and to hear about what he is up to this summer.