COVENTRY Blaze have announced the signing of defenceman Justin Hamonic for the 2019/20 season, who arrives in England after a year playing in France.
Hamonic appeared on the ice rink 47 times for Ducs d’Angers during the regular season in the French top flight, adding ten points from the back.
Standing at 6’4″, the Canadian appeared for San Antonio Rampage and Utica Comets in the American Hockey League – the highest level of ice hockey beneath the NHL – and four sides in the East Coast Hockey League, prior to his French adventure.
He was named as an associate captain during his time with the Worcester Railers in the ECHL, and hopes to add some of that leadership experience to Blaze’s rearguard.
Head coach Danny Stewart admits he has been a fan of Hamonic and is excited to see him take to the ice for the Blaze.
“Justin instantly makes us better defensively.
“He’s a big body, very strong and in tremendous shape.
“He’s a solid defenceman, but what I like is that he can also skate and move the puck well.
“He’s got a very good hockey IQ and will complement our current guys on the back very well.”
Hamonic meanwhile said that the offer to join the Blaze was too good to turn down.
“Coventry presented a great opportunity for me to be a part of a first-class organization.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the team, organization, and fans.
“On the ice I bring a hard to play against, defence-first style.
“Playing in front of a full Skydome Arena is something that I’m going to look forward to all summer long!”