Fan favourite returns for Blaze

Coventry Blaze are pleased to announce the return of 28-year-old Canadian forward David “Brolldozer” Broll for the 2021/22 Elite League season.

The 6’2” winger contributed 21 points (ten goals, 11 asssits) in 43 Elite League competition games for the Blaze over 2019/20 before agreeing to return for 2020/21.

With the UK season cancelled due to the global pandemic, Broll played last season in the ECHL, first with Indy Fuel where was an associate captain and then with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. 

In 40 regular season games, Broll collected 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) before grabbing one goal in four Kelly Cup playoff games. 

Broll become a big favourite with supporters and teammates in his first season in Coventry and also took the club to his own heart. 

Known for his big presence on and off the ice, he was named Clubman of the Year for the 2019/20 season and his leadership skills acknowledged by being rewarded with an associate captaincy.

Before arriving in Europe, Broll was a regular at the AHL level playing over 300 regular season and Calder Cup playoff games, most notably for Toronto Marlies, Syracruse Crunch, St. John’s IceCaps and Laval Rockets.  

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in round 6 (152nd overall) of the 2011 NHL draft, going on to sign a three-year entry-level contract and play 5 games for the famous club in the world’s best league during 2013/14.

Other notable highlights so far for Broll have been being selected to the ECHL’s All-Star game (2014/15) and in 2016/17 he was named St. John’s IceCaps Speciality AHL Man of the Year.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said: “Broller is a big part of our organisation and group, and getting him back was a big priority for us. He has an on-ice presence that fills our players with confidence. His size makes him difficult to deal with for opposing d-men and he also has good skill. He skates well, has good hands and can fire the puck. During his season with us, before his injury, he was on pace for 15-20 goals, and we feel he can do that again.

“He is a leader on and off the ice, and he buys into the organisation. We all need players like him in our league. He is active amongst the fanbase, in the community, and a fan favourite. We’re really happy to have him back.”

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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