Blaze trio agree contract extensions

Coventry Blaze have confirmed the return of Brett Robinson, Jordan Pietrus and Jim Jorgensen.

Robinson has signed for one year, while Pietrus and Jorgensen have agreed two-year deals with the club.

In his first season in Europe Robinson led the Blaze points chart with 62 in 58 games, while his 24 goals tied Pietrus for top goal-scorer.

Defenseman Jorgensen has notched nine goals and 24 assists during a season where he played in all 60 Elite League and Challenge Cup games.

Head Coach Chuck Weber said: “All three are leaders on this team both offensively and defensively.

“All three play the game the right way and they have the work-rate necessary to be successful.

“Brett’s numbers don’t lie. He had a slow start and some people were hard on him, but I have known Brett since 2009 and I was not worried about him.

“He is our leading scorer in the league with 60 points in 51 games, he is one of our best plus/minus forwards and has been involved in around 40 percent of our goals.

“But the biggest thing about Brett’s stats are what he has done in our conference. Only Joey Martin has more points in our conference.

“That means he is getting points against the best teams – Cardiff, Sheffield, Nottingham and Belfast. It says a lot about him wanting to play against the best and do well against the best.

“I have coached him before and he is someone you want to build around.”

“Jordan was the perfect guy for us who came in at the right time. He plays the game hard and he works hard.

“His character is off the charts and he puts in all the work when no-one is looking.

“He works hard in practice and even though he is on the schools programme, he races into to get changed as quick as he can as he doesn’t want to miss anything.

“Jordan wants to be out there getting better every day and you cannot have enough of those guys.

“He goes to the hard areas and he has scored a lot of big goals for us. He always had the potential to be a point-a-game player.

“Jim is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. He plays against every team’s top line and he is one of the most dangerous defensemen offensively off the rush with his skating ability.

“He trains properly, he practices properly and he is a foundation guy.

“We want those types of players in our team and when we are looking to bring new guys in next season we want them to know the Blaze way.

“Jim leads by example, he blocks shots but he also scores big goals.”

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