Isaacs set to finish season with Blaze
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.”