Blaze appoint Stewart as new Head Coach

Coventry Blaze have appointed Danny Stewart as their new Head Coach ahead of the 2016/17 Elite League season.

The 37-year-old Canadian previously played for Blaze from 2006-2010, winning the three league titles, a Challenge Cup and a British Knockout Cup.

Stewart spent his college years at Miami University in the NCAA (1999-2003), before turning professional with the Fort Wayne Komets in the UHL where he stayed for two seasons before being drafted to the Danbury Thrashers in 2005.

He moved to Britain a year later, going on to play a significant part in Coventry’s success before accepting the role of Player/Coach of the now defunct Newcastle Vipers.

During his year in the North East, Stewart guided his team to the Challenge Cup semi-final and was named Elite League Coach of the Year despite the off-ice struggles of the organisation.

He joined Fife Flyers in 2011 and was quickly moved into a dual playing and coaching role.

During a five year spell with the Flyers he helped to establish the Scottish side as a recognised force in the EIHL.

Stewart announced his retirement from playing duties after helping Flyer to their second play-off finals weekend appearance in three seasons.

The feisty forward ended his playing career with over 800 professional games on his CV, more than 150 goals, 500 points and well over 1,500 penalty minutes.

He also holds the record for most appearances in Elite League competitions by an import.

Stewart hopes to announce details of two further signings ahead of the 2016/17 season before the end of this week.

(Image permission: Fife Flyers)

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