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.
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.”
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.
THANK YOU https://fiveon3.com
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.
NIHL BLAZE 10 - 1 ALTRINCHAM
An open first period ended with NIHL Blaze. The second started with another goal in the fist 3 minuits opened up the game and the period ended with with NHL Blaze having a comanding 7 goal lead. Acea bagged a consolation goal in the third period but the game ended with a convicing win. NIHL Blaze scorers Bisnieks 4+0, Mulcahy 2+3, Chamberlain 1+1, Nash 1+1, Simpson 1+0, Lord 0+2, James 0+2, Chandler 0+1
NIHL Blaze MoM: Anthony Poutney
NIHL BLAZE 0-7 BULLDOGS
Disappointing performance by the NIHL Blaze tonight as they go down 7-0 at home to Bradford Bulldogs
NIHL BLAZE 5 DRAGONS 7
The game got off to a bad start with the Dragons getting an early marker in the first 2 minutes of play. NIHL Blaze then settled down Perks starting the NIHL Blaze scoring and with 30 seconds left of the period Nash bagged a go ahead goal and the 1st ended 2-1. The second period started the same as the 1st with Dragons getting an equaliser early on and then taking the lead shortly after. Mulcahy brought the game back only for Dragons to regain the lead and finish the 3rd with a one goal lead. At 7:35 of the 3rd Bisnieks levelled the score and both teams neutralised each other until Dragons scored a flurry of three goals in a short period. Bisnieks netted a 5th consolation goal in the dying minutes to end the game the visitors getting the 7-5 result.
NIHL Blaze scorers Bisnieks 2+0, Mulcahy 1+1, Nash 1+1, Perks 1+0, Andrews 0+2, Chandler, Blackett & Hayward 0+1
JETS 4-3 NIHL BLAZE (OT)
The NIHL Blaze went down 4-3 in overtime tonight against the Jets in Hull.
Despite winning both the 1st period (0-1) and the 2nd period (1-2) to lead 3-1 at the second break the NIHL Blaze couldn’t hold on to their two goal lead, the Jets scoring their third goal with just 1:25 remaining to send the game into overtime.
An end to end overtime period saw the Jets create the better chances and with just 48 seconds remaining in the overtime period Jets Captain Andrew Ward sealed the come back win for the Jets.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Kyle Nash 2+1, Daniel Mulcahy 1+1, Jekabs Bisnieks 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Kyle Nash
TIGERS 2 9-0 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze suffered their heaviest defeat of the season last night, losing 9-0 in Telford to Tigers 2.
The Tigers dominated throughout with period scores of 2-0, 4-0 and 3-0 to extend their unbeaten run to four games and remain second in the league behind leaders Widnes Wild.
ACES 2-6 NIHL BLAZE
The NIHL Blaze put in a solid gutsy team performance tonight to win 6-2 in Altrincham.
Missing Adz Andrews, Chris Blackett, Jodie Bloom, Andy Hayward, Antti Kohvakka and Jake Small the NIHL Blaze travelled with just three (Ryan James, Oliver Lord and Anthony Pountney) recognised defensemen, however, with fourteen forwards coach Alderson moved Robert Perks and Niall Simpson into defence and was still able to roll four forward lines.The game got off to a chippy start and just a few minutes in Oliver Lord took a stick to the face and despite it resulting in the rink staff having to come on to clear blood off the ice the incident went unseen by the referees meaning there was no call on the play.The NIHL Blaze, however, were not going to allow the incident to go unpunished and seconds later Zac Chamberlain went toe-to-toe with Aces Joe Greaves.With both players sitting out double minors the NIHL Blaze continued to frustrate the Aces which resulted in Aces Cade King taking a 2+10 for cross-checking and just 13 seconds into the two minute minor Daniel Mulcahy capitalised on the powerplay pouncing on a deflection from a shot from the point that came back of the post.The lead, however, would only last 26 seconds, Aces Jakub Pavlicek tying things up.
With the NIHL Blaze continuing to frustrate the Aces, Aces Paul Chapman got called for a tripping minor at 11:01 which would result in another powerplay goal by the NIHL Blaze, this time Oliver Lord finding the net from the point.That would see the end of the scoring in the first period, however, an incident at the end of the period would see Aces Oliver Bayne ejected for abuse of official.The second period was dominated by the NIHL Blaze and although they outshot the Aces 19-3 they could only find the net once, Jekabs Bisnieks finishing a great move between Daniel Mulcahy and Kyle Nash.Four minutes into the third period Aces Joe Greaves halved the lead, however, just 22 seconds later Daniel Mulcahy raced clear to score and give the NIHL Blaze their two goal lead back.Just over three minutes later and with Sam Prosser sitting out a high-stick minor Kyle Nash scored short handed on a two-on-one rush to extend the NIHL Blaze’s lead.
Finally, with the clock ticking down the final minute Marian Kristof buried a nice pass from Connor Mellett to seal a great road win for the NIHL Blaze.
NIHL Blaze Scoring: Daniel Mulcahy 2+1; Kyle Nash 1+2; Jekabs Bisnieks, Marian Kristof & Oliver Lord 1+0; Connor Mellett 0+2 and Niall Simpson 0+1.
NIHL Blaze MoM: Anthony Pountney
BULLDOGS 7-5 NIHL BLAZE
A short benched NIHL Blaze (12 skaters & 1 N/M) travelled to Bradford today and despite matching their hosts they were unable to take any points from the game.
Chandler (2), Curtis, James and Mellett grabbing the goals for the NIHL Blaze.