25th Oct, 2021

Blaze Bites: Belfast weekend, a special school trip and two heroes have a catch up

COACH Danny Stewart vowed to not let a disappointing Belfast weekend ‘derail’ his men as their playoff push continues.

Blaze (32 points) sit ninth following a trio of losses at the weekend. They’re two points short of eighth placed Braehead (34 points) – a team that has, like Blaze, played 36 games.

Dundee Stars (29 points) are tenth, but have two games in hand, while Milton Keynes (27 points) have one game in hand over Blaze.

Speaking on Sunday, Danny Stewart said: “It would’ve been nice to get a win for our travelling fans in Belfast.

“They were vocal all weekend and it’s good. It helps the guys.

“There’s a lot of hockey left to play. We’re not going to let one weekend derail us.

IN a week where the negative side of social media dominanted conversation among Blaze fans, it was refreshing to see its positive side revealed.

Blaze mad ‘Coach Kev’ posed for a heartwarming photograph with nine-year-old Belfast Giants fan Blake McCaughey.

Blake lives with a rare genetic disorder that prevents him from eating or drinking, meaning he’s tube fed.

Meanwhile Coach Kev has been battling esophageal cancer for 15 months, and in August he received the devastating news that his illness was terminal.

Blake had the last laugh as Giants recorded two victories in as many nights.

A fine example of the hockey family coming together for two wonderful characters.

BLAZE fan Lola Luckman added some Skydome fizz to her classroom last week.

The youngster, who attends Stoke Primary School, invited Blaze defenceman David Clements to talk at a school assembly about hockey, his experiences and the Blaze team.

Clements said: “There are more sports out there than the traditional options and we want to see new British players coming through the ranks.

“Going into schools is a good way of reaching a potential new audience.”

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