Clements joins Blaze full time

Coventry Blaze have confirmed British defenseman David Clements will link up with the team on a permanent basis for the remainder of the Elite League season.

The Coventry-born 21-year-old had been on a two-way deal with EPL side MK Lightning, for whom he will still play for when appropriate.

Clements lives and attends university in Coventry and has found the 100-mile round trip to Milton Keynes an increasing challenge.

Blaze Director of Hockey James Pease said: “We are delighted to have David come and join us full-time. He is a great young prospect who will now have the opportunity to prove himself at Elite League level and compete for a spot on the team.”

MK Head Coach Pete Russell said he was happy Blaze had offered David the chance to play closer to home: “He is a good young player, but has to be happy so he can to continue to develop – and this arrangement will take the travelling pressure off.

“This was a tough decision and with everything David has going on, we’re happy to support him. This move will help David and is a good opportunity, plus there’s a good chance he will be back to help us during the next four months.”

Clements added: “I’ve been really enjoying my time with the Lightning, but with my commitment to travel and uni it was just becoming too much. I wish Pete and the boys every success for the rest of the season.”

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