Coventry Blaze have announced the signing of 28-year-old American netminder C.J. Motte as well as the release of Jamie Phillips.
It’s a change that will surprise many as coach Danny Stewart freshens things up and has brought in an experienced goalie, who will make his debut this weekend against Guildford Flames.
And Stewart was pleased to get his man on board ahead of what will be a busy couple of weeks for the club.
He said: “We’re pleased to welcome C.J. to the club. He brings a wealth of experience and has put up excellent numbers throughout his career.
“We look forward to having him in the line-up this weekend.”
Motte arrives from EBEL side HC Innsbruck, where he has played this 16 times this season until leaving them in early November and has previously iced for Quad City Mallards and Allen Americans in the ECHL as well as Iowa Wild in the AHL.
Going the other way is Jamie Phillips, who leaves the club after 33 appearances in all competitions after signing from Reading Royals in the summer.
Stewart said: “We thank Jamie for his contribution this season. He has been nothing but a model professional and a popular person in the room, but we have simply just decided to move in a different direction. We wish him all the very best going forward.”