Playoff winner Arnt backs former teammate
2015 Playoff winner, Ben Arnt has backed former teammate Alex Miner Barron to be a “good fit” for the Elite League and the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze.
Before signing this week, Arnt, who iced with Miner Barron at Quinnipiac University offered a high recommendation of his former club to the 26 year-old who led all defencemen for assists in the French league last season. The American recording an impressive 0.66 points per-game over 2016/17.
His countryman Arnt, who is now working for a medical diagnostic company in Rochester, New York explained how he anticipated Miner Barron fitting in at the Skydome.
“Alex is a very solid defenceman. I played with him for a year, and his brother Loren (Edinburgh Capitals 2014/15) throughout college. He should be a good fit in Coventry. He can also play forward as a role player if, and when required too.”
Arnt, who scored 32 points in 56 league and play-off games for Blaze continued:
“It’s probably not fair to expect a high-end skilled D guy, but Alex still can bring offense as he showed in France. His best attribute will be bringing defence to the team, and his compete level will be absolutely second to none! One other thing for Blaze fans to understand is that Alex really looks after himself. He will be in great shape and keen to get started, he is also an athletic trainer so maybe some of the other guys can learn from him too.”
The forward, who played a pivotal role in the playoff success scoring in the semi-final penalty shot-out against Belfast also took time to recognise Ross Venus’ achievement of reaching 500 games for the Blaze commenting:
“It’s an incredible achievement at just 23, very impressive! I loved playing with ‘V’. By the time he reaches 25-28 years of age, he will be so good.”
When reminded of the 2014/15 season that finished with Arnt lifting silverware under the guidance of Chuck Weber, he reflected:
“It was an up and down year, but obviously finished on a massive high for everyone. It’s a shame the team was pretty much broken up as I would like to have stayed and carried on in Coventry, but the chance didn’t materialise. I still look out for the results and wish all the guys, including Alex and of course all the fans, all the very best!”