Tait signs new deal with Blaze
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm that Great Britain International Ashley Tait has signed a new one-year contract with the club.
The 40-year-old has captained Blaze to eight major trophies over an eight-year spell, most recently scoring in the 2015 Playoff final as Blaze lifted the trophy for the first time since Tait himself scored the overtime goal ten years earlier vs. Nottingham Panthers to seal the famous Grand Slam.
In between his two separate spells with Coventry, the all-time appearance leader for Team GB enjoyed five successful years with Elite League rivals Sheffield Steelers - winning the league and Playoffs twice, either side of a year in Italy.
On the way to leading Blaze to a second consecutive Playoff final, this past season Tait became only the sixth player to make 700 appearances in Elite League competitions, a game in which he scored in.
Needing just one more goal, next season Tait is set to become only the second player after Adam Calder (257) to score 200 career goals for Coventry. When he hits that marker it will also be his 250th goal in Elite League Competitions (Coventry & Sheffield).
In addition, his next point will see him rise to 4th on the all-time Blaze point scorers list (Solihull & Coventry), overtaking AJ Kelham with 510 and with just 6 more he will reach 700 career Elite League competition points.
Director of Hockey Operations James Pease said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ash back. It goes without saying that he remains one of the premium British players in the Elite League and his passion for the game and determination to help make our club successful remains as strong as ever. He is a player that we can rely upon in any situation and who produces at both ends of the ice. He never takes a night off, keeps himself in phenomenal shape, leads by example and is well respected by everyone at the club.”
Speaking to Elite League Media Consultant Seth Bennett, Tait commented on his return: "I don’t think it was ever a question, it was a just a case of figuring out the details, it’s a great place to play and I‘m happy to be back."