4th Dec, 2016

Blaze re-sign GB youngsters Clements and Marr for 2016/17 season

Shaun Reynolds 29th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY BLAZE head coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that defenceman David Clements and back-up net minder Renny Marr will return to the club for the 2016/17 season.

Originally part of a two-way contract between Milton Keynes Lightning and Coventry Blaze at the start of last season, Clements spent six seasons playing junior hockey in North America.

The 21-year-old said he’s thrilled to be back at the Skydome after appearing on 41 occasions for the Blaze last season.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back in Coventry for next season,” said Clements.

“I feel like I’m ready for this opportunity and want to play at this level.

“I can’t wait to get started in August.”

Elsewhere, netminder Renny Marr put pen to paper for a second season with the Blaze after joining from the Fife Flyers 12 months ago.

Marr will back-up star Canadian net minder Brian Stewart for the 2016/17 season and last year impressed when playing over 250 minutes in the Elite League – most notably against his home-town club Fife and at the Skydome against Manchester.

The 18-year-old, who’s also a member of the Scotland under-20 squad, said: “I’m glad to be spending another season with the Blaze and I am looking forward to working with Brian Stewart again.

“I am also excited to be playing under Danny Stewart and I look forward to being back in a professional environment again.”

Blaze head coach Danny Stewart, who was confirmed as the new man in charge at the Skydome on Wednesday, said: “Getting David back for a full season here in Coventry is a great for both parties.

“Whilst still young and early in his professional career, he can progress into a GB International quality player.

“He has a good right hand shot, is a puck moving defenceman and also comes with good size and a head for the game.

“He’s very reliable already at a young age and is only going to get better with increased ice time.

“Renny is continuing to develop into a young talent here in the UK and hopefully another year at the Elite Level will progress him even more.

“He provides us with a reliable option behind Stewy (Brian Stewart) and someone who can be called upon when needed.”