American forward Garrett Ladd has signed for Coventry Blaze.
The 27-year-old spent last season with the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers where he led the team point standings with 17 goals and 17 assists in 58 games.
Blaze boss Danny Stewart said: “Garrett is coming off a very good season in the ECHL. Leading your team in scoring at any good level is impressive.
“He will bring some speed and skill to our team that I feel we need more of at this point. He offers an element of energy to our line-up and that creativity that is so important five-on-five and on the powerplay.
“We feel he has a lot of upside in order to further build on last season, and bring that to us here in Coventry.
“He’s another hard working guy that buys into playing both ways which we value here.”
Ladd added: “From a personal standpoint, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that simply made sense all-around and will be a good step forward for my hockey career.
“I chose Coventry particularly because as I talked to past players and Coach Stewart I got a strong sense that the organisation respects their players, and vice versa, and has a strong, supportive fanbase.
“The fans can expect me to be disciplined both defensively and offensively. I use speed and creativity to make opportunities for my teammates and myself and bring a strong, competitive energy to the ice.”
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