Ice Hockey
Michael Schutte targeting silverware with Coventry Blaze

By Steve Carpenter 03/08 Updated: 03/08 14:31

BLAZE signing Michael Schutte has no doubt his new club will be back competing for silverware this season.

The 32-year-old Canadian joined Paul Thompson's rooster for the 2012/13 season earlier this week having spent the majority of the last six years in Europe, winning championships in Germany and Italy, as well as helping EC Salzburg lift the Continental Cup.

Now Schutte, who has made a total of 192 appearances in the American Hockey League, believes he can claim further success with Blaze.

He said: "Thommo (coach Paul Thompson) and I got into contact over the phone.

"I was very impressed in talking to him and when I asked other people about him he was described as 'a class act all the way'.

"After we talked I looked closer at our roster and saw the group of players we have coming.

"I think we will be competing for a championship this season with the talent we have and that was a big factor for me.

"I'm very excited to be coming to the Elite League. There are some very talented players in the league and every game is going to be a battle.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play and live in the UK."

Schutte also revealed how he spoke with former team mates Brad Leeb and Jerramie Domish before making the move to Coventry.

He added: "I did briefly play with Brad as I was only with the Marlies for a short time but he is a heck of a player and I look forward to being on the same team as him again.

"I also spoke with Jerramie Domish about the city and fans which he had nothing but great things to say. I have been in contact with him a few times here and there over the years.

"I'm really look forward to seeing Domer again and going after another championship with him.

"I would like to thank the fans of Coventry and the people in the UK for the warm welcome messages we have received.

"I really look forward to getting to Coventry and getting the season under way."

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