9th Dec, 2016

Blaze complete 2016/17 roster with signing of Canadian Marc Cantin

Shaun Reynolds 5th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY BLAZE have completed their 2016/17 roster after capturing 6’1″ defenceman Marc Cantin.

A native of Omemee, Canada, the former Memorial Cup champions joins the Blaze on the back of over 100 AHL games to his name.

The 26-year-old turned professional in 2011 after being signed to an entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins.

Cantin was later traded to the New York Islanders organisations where he remained for a further three seasons – spending the majority of his time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

His career was briefly halted in February 2015 when Marc’s mother, Monique, sadly lost her four-year battle with cancer – resulting in him not returning to the ice until January this year.

However the Canadian is back and raring to go – and coach Danny Stewart believes Cantin’s presence on the Skydome ice will make the Blaze instantly better.

He said: “Getting a guy of Marc’s quality and pedigree at still a young age is an exciting signing for us.

“He instantly makes us better defensively with his all-round game.

“He’s another great skater at the back and will be another puck moving guy which we can never have enough of.

“Marc’s tough to beat and will play big minutes for us – we wanted to finish our roster with another competitor type guy and he was the perfect fit.”