Coventry Blaze have announced the signing of Johnny Curran ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Curran, 24, joins the club from Niagara University where he was associate captain, scoring 55 points in 131 games.
The Canadian will play his first professional season for the Blaze, nine years after starting his ice hockey career.
We’re bloody chuffed to announce that Johnny Curran has inked a contract to play professionally for @covblazehockey next season. Cheers to @curran14! #Uncommon #EaglesTakeFlight #PowerOfNiagara
— Niagara Hockey (@NiagaraMHKY) May 21, 2019
Speaking about the signing, Coventry Head Coach Danny Stewart said: “Johnny is a skilled right-winger who skates well, shoots the puck well and has a good skill set. He can also play centre, so adds versatility and scoring depth to our line-up.
“He is young, hungry and has the work ethic to go with it. He will bring a lot of energy to our line-up and we are excited to see what he can do at the pro level.”
Coventry also announced that 18-year-old defenceman Ollie Lord has agreed a two-way deal with Telford Tigers for the upcoming season.
A product of the Blaze academy, Lord featured twice for the club in the Elite League last season as well as appearing for Milton Keynes Thunder.
Head Coach Stewart said: “Having Ollie train with us full-time and playing games at a slightly better level than he has before is exactly what he needs. He still needs some time to mature and learn before he is Elite League ready and training at this level helps get him there.
“Playing in Telford for a good club and coach will help with his progress and allows him to play those game minutes rather then sitting on the bench. He has lots of raw talent and the right mindset. He may be a year or two away from being ready for this level, but he is certainly taking the right strides to get there.