Coventry NIHL Blaze were formed in 2007-8 for the then ENL league as a feeder team for the Elite League Blaze. They have continued in the newly formed NIHL league in 2012. Currently the team are in the 10 team NIHL North Laidler Conference. The NIHL Blaze is finaced and run independently from both the Elite team and Academy.
The team aim to provide the stepping stone from Junior Ice Hockey into the Senior Leagues. We aim to balance the team with some older experienced players with players moving from U20. We also use our links with the Coventry Academy to provide playing up and playing opportunities for U20 and U18 players. We judge success when players progress into higher leagues or making selection to National teams.
With Sean Alderson joining the team as head coach 2017 will closer cooperation between the NIHL Blaze and Academy. We hope to see more players taking the chance to train and play with the NIHL team.
The team is run as a non profit organisation. To cover ice and running costs players have to pay a membership fee to play and train. Sponsors also help greatly towards keeping the team going.
Time to leave it all on the Ice
Stoking the Fire and improve the burn
Midland Autotest Coventry NIHL Blaze would like to Thank Fiveon3 for supplying this seasons game Jerseys, socks & short covers. The team look very smart.We reccomend any sports team looking for team wear speak to Fiveon3 the shirts are excellent quallity and provide a great service.
NIHL BLAZE 1-8 TIGERS 2
Despite a reasonable first period (1-2) the NIHL Blaze struggled to cope with Telford’s top Line of Bowley, Jets and Griffin tonight with the trio scoring 7 of their teams 8 goals.
“Considering we just came back training this week I felt we had a decent first period but we struggled to get to grips with some of the new rules that have come into play this season.”
“There is no question that we were second best tonight but I felt the scoreline flattered them a little, however, there are still some positives we can take from tonight’s game.”
“We will also be much better equipped once we get everyone in and/or back from holidays, etc and we’ve had a few more training sessions together.”
The NIHL Blaze’s lone goal tonight was scored on the power play by Daniel Mulcahy with Oliver Lord and Andrew Hayward picking up the assists
DRAGONS 1-2 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze make it a four point weekend with a 2-1 victory in Deeside tonight.
While Jodie Bloom found the net on the power play at 7:31 the goal was washed out as the puck was deemed to have entered the net after the play had been whistled down for a further penalty to Deeside. Despite chances coming at both ends the period would end scoreless.
The 2nd period started similar to how the 1st ended until a two on one rush saw Philip Mulcahy find Jekabs Bisnieks to give the NIHL Blaze the lead at 26:16.
The 3rd period Bloom doubled the NIHL Blaze’s lead at 46:40.Deeside pulled a goal back at 53:08 NIHL Blaze dug deep to hold on and take both points and make it a 4 point weekend.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jodie Bloom & Jekabs Bisnieks 1+0; Philip Mulcahy 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Graham Laverick
2017-18 SEASON AWARDS
After a great well attended end of season awards evening We are pleased to anounce this years award winners:
Young Player of the Year: Daniel Mulcahy
Most Improved Player: Ryan James
Player of the Year: Graham Laverick
Coaches Player: Sam Chandler
Players Player: Sam Chandler
Congratilations to the above. Thank you to all our sponsors, Volenteers, and suporters. Without you the team would not exist.
The Coventry NIHL Blaze are delighted to announce that MIDLAND AUTOTEST LTD will be their new title sponsor for the 2018/2019 season.
MIDLAND AUTOTEST LTD, who were founded in November 1998, are in their 20th year of business, what a way to celebrate !!
The company, based in Bedworth, is owned by Tony Gavan and Neil Ashby.
On agreeing to sponsor the NIHL Blaze Tony said…
“We have been attending the NIHL games for a number of seasons now and have supported them through shirt sponsorship so when I was approached to become the team’s title sponsor for the forthcoming season it didn’t take me long to come to a decision to support the team.”
“Everyone involved with the team works so hard to keep the team going and to become part of that is fantastic.”
Steve Brookes GM of the team thanked MIDLAND AUTOTEST LTD for their support and is looking forward to working closely with Tony and Neil to make this a successful season for both the team and MIDLAND AUTOTEST LTD.
MIDLAND AUTOTEST LTD, who are open for mechanical repairs, MOT’s and services for both cars and light commercial vehicles, are based at 334 Goodyers End Lane, Bedworth, CV12 OHY.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 08:30 to 17:30 and Sat, 08:30 to 12:30.
Telephone: 02476 365588.
The Coventry NIHL Blaze would also like to take this opportunity thank Stuart Taylor of Taylor's Butchers, Earlsdon for their continued support over the past few seasons. The club simply would not be here today if it wasn’t for his/their support.
Own & Loan fir this seasons Jerseys are now available. Get to own one of the excelent jerseys and help the team geet going at the same time. Purchase one or a pair of jerseys. You will be presented by your selected player at the end of the season. Take a look at the shirts available on the Own & loan page.
NI BARONS 8-0 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze put in a gutsy performance tonight against a strong Barons side who finished in the top four of the Moralee Division (Division 1) last season.
Speaking to NIHL Blaze Head Coach, Sean Alderson after tonight’s game he said...
“We knew it would be a backs against the wall type of game tonight but considering the offensive firepower the Barons have I felt we defended very well.”
“A couple of mistakes led to a couple of cheap goals but other than that I felt we gave a good account of ourselves.”
“Having just started back this week the team has come a long way in just a few days and I can only see us getting stronger as we get everyone back in (from holidays, etc) and get a few more training sessions together.”
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Special thanks to Nick from our sponsors Fiveon3 for presenting the Carlsberg Man Of The match awards at our Challenge game agaist Telford Tigers 2. Check out Five on3 for all your hockey merchandise and team wear.
Plenty of positives to take home
NIHL BLAZE 11 - 3 HAWKS (2)
The NIHL Blaze convincingly beat Blackburn Hawks (2) tonight with nine different scorers finding the net in an 11-3 win.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Arthur Brookes 2+1; Niall Simpson 2+0; Adz Andrews & Connor Mellett 1+2; Phil Mulcahy & Marian Kristof 1+1; Sam Chandler, Andrew Hayward & Oliver Lord 1+0; Daniel Mulcahy 0+2; Antti Kohvakka, Robert Perks, Jake Small, James Lindley & Sam Prosser 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Arthur Brookes
First W of the season
NIHL BLAZE 5 - 10 DRAGONS
Disappointing start to the season for the NIHL Blaze as they go down 10-5 at home to Deeside Dragons.Trailing 2-0 after 12:40 the NIHL Blaze rallied to score two goals in 37 seconds to tie the score before the first period break.
A good start to the 2nd period saw the NIHL Blaze take the lead just after the 23 minute mark but lead would last just 93 seconds.
A further 4 goals by Deeside, including a penalty shot, saw the Dragons take a 7-3 lead into the period break, a lead the NIHL were unable to recover from.
Despite another good start to the period which saw Niall Simpson score his first NIHL Blaze goal inside a minute the Dragons would go on to take the period 3-2 and the game 10-5.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Sam Chandler 2+1; Antti Kohvakka, James Lindley & Niall Simpson 1+0; Jodie Bloom & Arthur Brookes 0+2; and Scott Venus 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Jodie Bloom
Tough start to season
NIHL BLAZE 5-2 BULLDOGS
The NIHL Blaze defeated current NIHL2 league leaders, Bradford Bulldogs, 5-2 tonight.
Daniel Mulcahy scored short handed to give the NIHL Blaze the lead.
The lead, however, only lasted just over 3 minutes the visitors goton the board with a power play. The first period ending 1-1
A neat play saw Jekabs Bisnieks score on his debut to put the NIHL Blaze back in front but another goal by Brown 4 minutes later would see the game tied once again.The NIHL continued to pile on the pressure and got their reward with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second period, Arthur Brookes finding the net off a feed from Connor Mellett.
ending the period with a 3-2 lead.
A early goal 2 1/2 minutes into the third by Bisnieks gave the NIHL Blaze a two goal lead, a lead. With just over 4 minutes remaining Philip Mulcahy scored a stunning goal after showing great penalty killing skills to extend the NIHL Blaze’s lead to 3 and secure the two points.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Jekabs Bisnieks 2+1; Philip Mulcahy 1+1; Arthur Brookes & Daniel Mulcahy 1+0; Chris Blackett, Connor Mellett & Kyle Nash 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Philip Mulcahy