Isaacs set to fin­ish sea­son with Blaze

Nuneaton Telegraph - - SPORT -

JAMES Isaacs is stay­ing with Coven­try Blaze for the rest of the sea­son.

The 26-year-old Cana­dian de­fence­man, orig­i­nally re­cruited on a two-match deal to cover for the sus­pended Boris Val­abik, has now logged six Elite League ap­pear­ances, help­ing Blaze land nine points from a pos­si­ble 12.

“I’m very happy to be stay­ing with the Blaze for the rest of the sea­son”, he said. “I feel like some chem­istry has de­vel­oped on and off the ice with the team and that has turned into a great run of re­sults re­cently.

“There is a good group of guys in the dress­ing room who work to be suc­cess­ful, day in, day out. I’m happy to be part of that. Chuck We­ber and James Pease have been more than fair with me and I can’t say enough about how great the fans have been as well.”

Head coach We­ber said: “This was an op­por­tu­nity for James Isaacs to im­press us and he has done just that. He works hard, keeps it sim­ple and tries to ex­e­cute ex­actly what we ask him to.

“He does a good job for us on the penalty-kill and I can’t ask for more from him.” We­ber con­tin­ued, “James now has the chance to help us climb the lad­der for the rest of the sea­son and we are pleased to have him.”

Di­rec­tor of Hockey Oper­a­tions Pease added: “Keep­ing James was a bit of a no brainer for us. There was al­ways a chance that this could turn into a per­ma­nent deal and as a club we are glad it’s worked out so well for both us and him.”

Pease con­firmed Blaze are still look­ing for a new for­ward, adding: “The deal with Isaacs doesn’t im­pact that at all. If and when we sign the player that we are look­ing for, if we have to ‘carry’ a guy, then we can do that.”

James Isaacs.

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