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Coventry Blaze
CoventryBlaze
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 2000
ENIHL Affiliate Coventry Blaze (ENL)
History Solihull Blaze</br>1996-2000</br>Coventry Blaze</br>2000-Present
Arena SkyDome Arena
Capacity 3,650
City Coventry United Kingdom
Team Colours Light Blue, White, Dark Blue
Head coach Paul Thompson
Owners Coventry Blaze Ltd
Team Captain
Championships
League Championships 2004–05, 2006-07, 2007-08
Championships 2004-05
Challenge Cups 2004–05, 2006-07
Knockout Cups 2007–08

Coventry Blaze are a British ice hockey team based in Coventry, England. They have been crowned Elite Ice Hockey League Champions three times in the last five seasons.

Club History Edit

Originally from the neighbouring town of Solihull, the Blaze rose quickly through the various leagues of British Ice Hockey. In 2000–01, in order to attract a new and larger fanbase, the Blaze made the decision to move to the 3,650 capacity Coventry Skydome.

They went on to become one of the more successful British National League (BNL) teams. In 2002–03, they won the league and playoff double, completing the playoffs unbeaten.

In the summer of 2003, Coventry joined with two other BNL sides, three former Superleague sides and two new sides in a brand new Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Having finished 3rd in the innaugural EIHL season, Blaze claimed their first Elite League title on March 5 2005 following a 5-1 victory over the London Racers. They also won the 2005 Challenge Cup following an 11-5 aggregate victory over Cardiff Devils. On April 10 2005 the Blaze completed a Grand Slam of all three EIHL trophies with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Nottingham Panthers in the playoff final.

After a fruitless 2005-2006 campaign, Blaze regained the Elite League title and Challenge Cup in the 2006-2007 season. The team stumbled at the Semi-Final stage of the Playoffs, bowing out to eventual runners up, the Cardiff Devils.

The 2007-2008 season proved similarly successful with Blaze clinching their 3rd Elite League title on March 9 2008, after beating Belfast Giants 4-2 at the Skydome. Curtis Huppe scored the Championship winning goal against his former side.

On March 18 2008, Blaze won the British Knockout Cup, having lost the previous two finals to Sheffield Steelers and Cardiff Devils. Blaze recovered from a two goal deficit against Basingstoke Bison in the final period of the 2nd Leg to clinch the tie 8–6 on aggregate. Blaze finished the season as runners up in the play off competition. Having disposed of Edinburgh Capitals in the Quarter Finals and Newcastle Vipers in the Semi's, Blaze lost 2-0 in the final to the Sheffield Steelers.

The 2008-09 season was one of fluctuating fortunes for Blaze. The team came within a goal of qualifying for the Continental Cup Super Final in November 2008, but were eliminated from both the British Knockout Cup and the Challenge Cup by the Belfast Giants in early 2009.

Sheffield Steelers clinched the Elite League title on Sunday March 8, after beating Newcastle Vipers 4-1. Blaze were defeated by Hull Stingrays the same evening, thus conceding their title. Blaze eventually finished as League runners up.

The season ended on a low note for Blaze, when they were humbled 6-2 by Nottingham Panthers in the Playoff Semi-Final in Nottingham.


Skydome2

SkyDome Arena: home of the Cassidy Coventry Blaze

SkyDome3

SkyDome Arena: Ice Pad

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Preceded by
Sheffield Steelers
Elite League Champions
2004-05
Succeeded by
Belfast Giants
Preceded by
Belfast Giants
Elite League Champions
2006-07, 2007-08
Succeeded by
Sheffield Steelers
Preceded by
Sheffield Steelers
Playoff Champions
2004-05
Succeeded by
Newcastle Vipers
Preceded by
Nottingham Panthers
Challenge Cup Winners
2004-05
Succeeded by
Cardiff Devils
Preceded by
Cardiff Devils
Challenge Cup Winners
2006-07
Succeeded by
Nottingham Panthers
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