FORWARD Garrett Klotz has vowed to act as the sheriff this season and ‘create chaos’ up front ahead of the Blaze’s first pre-season game against Nottingham tonight (7.30pm).
A former member of the Philadelphia Flyers organisation, Klotz has spent eight seasons playing in North America – and this year marks his first campaign abroad.
The 27-year-old, who is widely known in hockey for his physical presence, told The Observer he will continue to play with plenty of physicality and fans can expect carnage.
“I’m a physical player, I like to get into the fore-check, bang the body and create some chaos,” said Klotz.
“If my team mates need some back up then I’ll always be willing to help them out – it will be a lot of fun.
“I’m going to act as the sheriff out on the ice and keep everyone in order.”
The Canadian arrived in Coventry and Sunday night and has since spent time meeting his new colleagues and fans.
Despite a minor case of jet lag, Klotz will ice with a near full strength Blaze roster against the Panthers tonight in what will be a repeat of the 2016 Playoff Grand Final.
He said: “So far my time in Coventry has been great, I arrived on Sunday so I’m still a little bit jet-lagged but overall my first impressions are that it’s a solid club.
“I’ve had a few good skates to start the week off and have had the time to get to know the guys, coach and organisation so it’s been a great experience so far.”
“I’ve played over in North American before and was part of the Philadelphia Flyers establishment for four years playing in the American Hockey League.
“I then signed with Anaheim and for the past three years I’ve been playing in the ECHL – this is my ninth season, my first overseas, and I’m looking forward to the experience.”
Klotz admitted the smaller Skydome ice could suit his style of play and added the smaller arena will generate an atmosphere he’s not normally used to when playing in America.
“The Skydome is a little smaller than what I’m used to playing in with regards to the ice,” Klotz said.
“The Arena seems like it’s built for a good atmosphere and from the fans I’ve met so far they seem amazing.
“I’m used to the travelling side of things in hockey from back home but it will be nice to visit different places and play near to three games a week.”