Blaze add forward Penny

Coventry Blaze are pleased to confirm the signing of 26-year-old forward Ryan Penny. Penny iced and scored for Team Canada in the 2021 Ice Hockey Classic against Team USA in Toronto on Saturday night, assisted by new teammate in Coventry Johnny Curran.

Penny, who hails from Fall River, Nova Scotia, joins the Blaze from McGill University (USports).In his last active season, over 2019/20, the 6’2″ left-shooter, featured in 28 games and put up 14 points (3 goals 11 assists).Penny went to university following three seasons in the pro ranks where he produced 109 points (53 goals, 56 assists) in 168 ECHL regular season and Kelly Cup playoff games for Evansville IceMen and the Reading Royals.

Over that period of 2015-2018, Penny also iced in 35 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators contributing six points (two goals, four assists). Penny spent his junior hockey years in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats and later the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, captaining both sides and scoring 171 points (87 goals, 84 assists) in 334 regular season and playoff games. During the 2010/11 season, Penny was selected to represent Canada Atlantic at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, a prestigious event that showcases the world’s best up-and-coming hockey talent.Penny’s Canada Atlantic teammates included former Blaze defenceman Justin Hache, as well as a Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “In Ryan we are getting a 200-foot guy that competes, and plays multiple positions up and down the line-up. He can produce, is hard to play against and will play key minutes for us in all situations. McGill is one of the top programmes in USports, but with Ryan we are also getting the experience of a guy that had three very successful seasons at the ECHL/AHL level. From all references that we have had, we are getting an A+ character guy, and again this is vital when joining a core of players from our last season.”

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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