Bloodoff back for Blaze

The Coventry Blaze are delighted to announce the return of 30-year-old forward Evan Bloodoff for the 2021/22 season.

It will be the Canadian’s second year in Coventry and fourth in the Elite League, having originally joined the Blaze from Scottish side Fife Flyers.

In his debut season with Coventry the 5’11” winger registered 22 goals and 13 assists helping the club to third place before the season was cut short at 48 games. He also scored an impressive five goals, two assists in nine Challenge Cup appearances.

Throughout his time in the UK, Bloodoff has consistently been amongst the league’s top offensive producers, with Fife scoring 62 goals, 35 assists for 97 points in 110 Elite League competition games.

In 2017/18 he lifted the Gardiner Conference trophy and in both years with Fife helped them to a post-season playoff spot.

Prior to his move to the Elite League, the Castlegar, BC native iced in near 330 ECHL and AHL regular season and playoff games registering over 170 points.

Notably in 2014/15, Bloodoff scored 20 goals and a total of 32 points, helping the Florida Everblades to the Eastern Conference Championship.

Bloodoff started his hockey journey in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets where in 327 appearances he contributed 61 goals, 57 assists for 118 points. He was named an associate Captain for two years, and in 2009 was a WHL champion.

His WHL success saw him drafted by the now Arizona Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, an experience which saw him score in an NHL exhibition game.

Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Bloods is a consistent producer in our league, and scoring the amount of goals he has in three seasons isn’t easy to do, or find as a coach. We love his North/South style of game. He’s very direct, plays heavy and willing to go to hard areas and get rewarded. We committed to Bloods for the 2020/21 season and wanted to honor that deal again after a difficult year for everyone.  We believe he continues to make us better and will be a big part of our club again.”

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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