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Broll set to torment EIHL defences in 2019/20 after signing for the Blaze

Ben Tyler 18th Jun, 2019 Updated: 18th Jun, 2019

CANADIAN David Broll has signed for Coventry Blaze ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Ex-NHL player Broll arrives as a free agent, having last played for Jacksonville IceMen in the ECHL.

The 26-year old has made near 300 appearances in the AHL, where he has gained a reputation for being a hard-hitting physical player in attack.

He started last season with AHL side Providence Bruins, but transferred to the IceMen following an injury, and fired six goals and made seven assists in 29 ECHL games.

Broll brings NHL experience to the Blaze, having been selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a draft pick in 2011, appearing five times in the 2013/14 season.

He was later acquired by NHL side Tampa Bay Lightning before joining a Montreal Canadians training camp in 2017 before returning to the AHL.

In 2015, he was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning and later in 2017 spent time in the NHL training camp of the Montreal Canadians before returning to the AHL.

Stewart believes that Bloodoff can make himself an imposing presence on EIHL defences next season.

“We wanted to add some size and presence up-front and he does that,” he said.

“He’s big, can possess the puck, and has a very good skill set.

“His presence will allow guys to play bigger and a bit freer, but we will also look to him to contribute on the scoreboard for us.

“He’s been a big hit in the community wherever he’s played and I’m certain he will be with our fans as well.”

Broll feels he can be part of a successful Coventry team next season.

“I am excited about playing my 7th season pro in the UK next season,” he said.

“After speaking to the coach about the organisation and the team he is putting together, I felt that it was something I wanted to be a part of and at this point in my career, it was the best option for me.

“The fans in Coventry should expect a big power forward with grit that plays physical and can skate well and add some offence too – I can’t wait for August.”

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