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Blaze announce Shea Guthrie as new captain

By Steve Carpenter 29/08 Updated: 29/08 10:55

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CANADIAN forward Shea Guthrie will captain Coventry Blaze for the 2012/13 Elite League campaign.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a stunning debut season at the Skydome, finishing as the team's leading point-scorer – and third overall in the league – after registering 86 points in 62 matches.

His efforts saw him named the club’s Player of the Year as well as the Players’ Player of the Year and the Best Forward of the Year.

Great Britain international Russell Cowley, back for an 11th season at the Skydome, and summer signing Mike Danton have been chosen as assistant captains.

"We have got a vastly-experienced team with a lot of leadership," said Thompson.

"But I went for Shea because he grabbed the team by the scruff of the neck last season and he showed his quality on and off the

ice.

"He is still a young guy in professional hockey terms and there are a lot of guys around him with huge experience. But he is highly respected and I wanted to build the team around him this season.

"He is a guy who cares about the team and puts the team first and I know he will relish the responsibility of being captain.

"But we will be leaning on a lot of the guys for leadership.

"The Leeb brothers, Mike Egener and Mike Schutte have all been captains before and even the younger guys like Dustin Cameron and Gerome Giudice have been captains for their Junior A team so we are not lacking in that department."

Elsewhere, academy star Adam Goss has been confirmed as Blaze's back-up goaltender for next season.

The 17-year-old Brit has come through the club's academy and will assist Danish number one Peter Hirsch, taking over the duties from Brandon Stones.

Goss made his Elite League debut when he was just 16 during the 8-2 win over Hull Stingrays at Hull Arena in February, playing the final eight minutes.

"Adam is a good young talent who we have high hopes for. He came in and did a good job for us last season," said coach Paul Thompson.

"When he is playing for our National League side, then we will call up a couple of other goalies.

"We are pleased with Adam’s progress and, along with Ross Venus and Matt Selby, he is another who has come through our academy to play for the senior side. It is great to give these guys a chance."

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