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Canadian ace is eyeing Coventry Blaze title bid

By Steve Carpenter 24/05 Updated: 31/05 11:45

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Buy photos » New Blaze signing Mike Danton is targeting success in the Elite League next season. (s)

MIKE Danton has set his sights on helping Coventry Blaze win the Elite League championship after joining Paul Thompson's roster next season.

The 31-year-old made 92 appearances in the National Hockey League with New Jersey Devils and St Louis Blues, posting 15 points and 184 penalty minutes.

The Canadian forward also had a successful stint in the Ontario Hockey League as well and after a five-year absence from the sport, he returned to play for Saint Mary’s University in the CIS before splitting last year with IFK Ore in Sweden and Orli Znojmo in Austria.

But now he is relishing the prospect of plying his trade in the Elite League for the first time in his career.

"I have heard a lot of good things about Coventry, their tradition, and the EIHL," said Danton.

"I was speaking to a good friend of mine - Adam Keefe - about possibly playing in the EIHL. He gave me a list of teams that I should contact that he thought were good spots for me.

"Coventry was one of those teams. So, I sent a message over to Paul Thompson and he promptly returned my inquiry. I spoke to Paul over the span of a couple days and was really interested in what he had to say.

"My goals are all team oriented. From my discussions with Paul, it is very evident he wants to win. I am in the same boat.

"He seemed to be very passionate about winning and professional in his demeanour. I decided the best scenario was Coventry.

"The level of excitement I have is growing every hour. I want the season to start already! The buzz around the city and league seems to be infectious. I am looking forward to the experience."

Blaze have also secured a two-way deal with Telford Tigers defenceman Steven Chalmers.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a fine 2011/12 Elite League campaign with Dundee Stars before opting for a move south of the border, whuch has enabled him to become a key member of the Great Britain Under-20 team.

"Steven is an exciting young talent and Telford have a good young player and between us we will look to enhance his potential," said Blaze coach Paul Thompson.

"He will come to our training camp and will play in our warm-up games. There will be times when he will be able to

practice with us during the season and we will be able to take a good look at him."

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