Owen to protect Blaze net for Elite Series

The Coventry Blaze have announced the signing netminder Shane Owen for the upcoming Elite Series.

The 30-year-old spent the 2019/20 Elite League campaign with the Belfast Giants where he registered a .917 save-percentage and league-leading 2.39 goals-against-average (GAA) in 43 regular season appearances.

It was his third season in the Elite League having starred for the Fife Flyers in both 2016/17 and 2018/19 previously.

In 2016/17, Owen led the league in total saves and was named to the Elite League’s second All-Star team with a .909 save percentage and 3.27 GAA.

Sandwiched between his two years in Scotland, the 6’2″ goalie spent time in Sweden’s Allsvenskan with BIK Karlskoga and won a silver medal with GKS Katowice in the Polish playoffs.

On his return to Fife in 2018/19, Owen produced a .914 save-percentage and 3.35 GAA earning a move to the Giants where he began the season by playing in six Champions Hockey League games.   

In both seasons with the Flyers he was named player of the year.

In addition to his European experience, Owen has played over 200 ECHL and CHL games were he consistently produced a save-percentage above .900.

The Canadian played his junior hockey with the OHL’s Erie Otters and QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats from 2007-2010.

During the 2009/10 QMJHL season he helped the Moncton capture the QMJHL Championship and a berth in the 2010 Memorial Cup.

Owen will lead a goaltending tandem, alongside Brits Jordan Hedley and Will Bray for the Elite Series. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart said: “We looked at different options for this series, but kept coming back to Shane. He is a great goaltender that has had a lot of success in Fife and Belfast. He gives you a chance every night and that’s what you need. He will have great support from Jordan Hedley who will get his fair share of starts, and Will Bray should he need a night off.”

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