Stewart moves on from Blaze

Danny Stewart has taken the difficult decision to move on from the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze following 12 years of dedicated service both as a coach and player.

He will become the Head Coach of the Nottingham Panthers for the 2024/25 Elite League season following the departure of Jonathan Paredes.

Stewart, a native of Fort McMurray, Canada, first joined Blaze in 2006 and over four years played a big part in Blaze’s major successes.

He won the Elite League Championship on three occasions, while also securing the Challenge Cup and Knock-Out Cup.

In 287 total appearances, the competitive Stewart scored 201 points (75 goals, 126 assists) and, as a player who always stuck up for himself and his teammates, amassed 698 penalty minutes.

Danny retired from playing in 2016 and following several years away in Newcastle and Fife, he returned to Coventry as head coach and, two years later, he was also made Director of Hockey Operations.

The 45-year-old just completed his seventh straight season as Blaze coach and eighth year, which included leading the club in the Elite Series during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his tenure, Stewart brought many exciting times and players to Coventry, and his role within the organisation grew with each season.

Danny was far more than a coach, and throughout his tenure completely brought into the organisation and its needs.

He was awarded a testimonial in 2023, which honoured his dedication and outstanding contribution both on and off the ice over a substantial period.

Danny’s hard-work and commitment to the club has not gone unnoticed, and he will be missed by everyone who has worked closely with him.

Blaze Managing Director Mike Cowley commented, “I would like to place on record our thanks to Danny for his invaluable service and dedication to the Blaze over the last eight years, and also before that as a player. His contribution and commitment have been immense, and though we are saddened to see him depart, he leaves a legacy with us that is invaluable.”

Thank you Danny, and we wish you and your family all the very best in your next chapter.

A new Head Coach of the Coventry Blaze will be announced in due course.

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