ICE HOCKEY: COVENTRY Blaze legend Ashley Tait will remain at his beloved club for another season after signing a new one-year deal with the Elite Club club.
The Great Britain international is one of the country’s most decorated players having captained Blaze to no fewer than eight major trophies over a glittering eight-year spell.
His most recent success came in last year’s play-off final where he scored the winner as Blaze lifted the trophy for the first time since Tait himself scored the overtime winner against Nottingham Panthers to seal a famous grand slam.
Tait is also the most capped player for Great Britain and has also enjoyed five successful years with Elite League rivals Sheffield Steelers where he won both the league and play-offs twice either side of a year in Italy.
This season Tait became only the sixth player in Elite League history to make 700 appearances and he needs just one more goal to become only the second player after Adam Calder (257) to score 200 career goals for Coventry, which will be his 250th.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ash back,” said James Pease, director of hockey operations for Blaze. “It goes without saying that he remains one of the premium British players in the Elite League and his passion for the game and determination to help make our club successful remains as strong as ever.
He is a player that we can rely upon in any situation and who produces at both ends of the ice. He never takes a night off, keeps himself in phenomenal shape, leads by example and is well respected by everyone at the club.
Speaking about signing a new one-year deal, Tait said: “I don’t think it was ever a question, it was a just a case of figuring out the details, it’s a great place to play and I‘m happy to be back.”