YOUNG British forward Ross Venus had nothing but praise for his Blaze team mates after being named as the club’s player of the month for October.
The 20-year-old has been playing alongside former NHL duo Steve Goertzen and Ryan O’Marra this season and has posted four points (three goals and one assist) in 22 games.
“I have been playing well and working hard for the team and it is nice that the supporters have seen that.” said Venus.
“With the new import rule I knew my ice time would be limited unless I got an opportunity with injuries. I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity when it came and hopefully I am proving to (coach) Marc (Lefebvre) I can play at this level.
“Steve and Ryan are unbelievable players who have played in the NHL. They certainly make my job easier, they have a lot of experience and they have really supported me, have helped my game and are making me better. I just want to contribute as much as I can.”
Venus has been a shining light in what has been an inconsistent campaign for Marc Lefebvre’s side and the Blaze boss was full of praise for his young star.
He added: “Ross wasn’t getting on the ice as much at the start when we had a full line-up but he is earning his minutes now and he deserves it.
“He is outplaying guys and is exceeding expectations. We threw him on a makeshift line with Ryan and Steve in Dundee [in September] and he got the game-winning goal.
“That line is working right now and he is playing with confidence. It is only going to make him better and make the club better.”