Coventry Blaze have confirmed the signing of defenseman James Isaacs on an initial short-term trial deal.
The Canadian spent last season with Dundee Stars where he posted 11 assists and 3 goals in 44 appearances. Isaacs originally joined the Stars midway through the 2013/14 season, where he played a pivotal role in helping the Scottish side clinch the Gardiner Conference title.
Prior to his time in the Elite League Isaacs won a championship at junior level in the British Columbia Intercollegiate League (BCIHL) with Simon Fraser University in 2010/11, before turning pro with the Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) the following season.
A year and a half later he moved to the ECHL with Idaho Steelheads where he played over 50 games primarily as a shutdown defenseman, before moving on to Greenville Road Warriors and then to the UK.
Isaacs said he is relishing the chance to make his Coventry debut against his former side at the Skydome on Saturday.
“I appreciate the opportunity – I’ll work hard and then we’ll go from there,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get back on the ice and get playing again. I enjoyed my time in the Elite League and in Scotland previously. It was pretty good to me.
“It’s kind of fitting that my debut will be against Dundee. It should be a good game and give me a little extra motivation as well.
“I’ve recently attended a training camp in the ECHL, but unfortunately the coach I signed with left to coach juniors in the WHL and I had some bad luck, but since then I’ve been skating with the local junior team at home in Victoria and waiting for the right opportunity.”