CANADIAN defenceman Kevin Noble has returned to Coventry Blaze.
The 30-year-old, who has played over 160 times for the club, first joined in 2015 from the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers.
In his debut season, the blue-liner played an important part in Blaze reaching the Elite League play-off final and in year two was named best defenceman at the end of season awards.
To start the past campaign the gritty shot-blocker was proudly named an associate captain.
In each of the past two summers Noble has represented Team Canada in the Wayne Gretzy Ice Hockey Classic, a series played against Team USA in Australia.
Before arriving to the Elite League, Noble was a graduate and captain of Mercyhurst College of the NCAA and played more than 100 games in the ECHL and CHL.
“I’m very happy to be back in Coventry and playing in front of the best fans in the Elite League,” said Noble.
“Playing in Coventry and for the Blaze has created some of my fondest memories of my hockey career.
“With a great nucleus of players already returning and new players to come in, I’m really excited to get the season underway.
“In addition, I’m looking forward to working with Danny and his staff again.
“The way we played in the second half last season was important to making the playoffs.
“Hopefully we can pick up right where we left off and challenge for league trophies.”