Owen the main man for Blaze

Coventry Blaze coach Danny Stewart says new signing Shane Owen is the sort of netminder who gives you a chance every night.

The 30-year-old will return to the UK to play for the Blaze in the Elite Series, where they’ll play Nottingham Panthers, Sheffield Steelers and Manchester Storm.

And Stewart said the former Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers goalie was the one candidate that stood out as he was weighing up his options.

“We looked at different options for this series, but kept coming back to Shane,” Stewart said. “Shane is a great goaltender that has had a lot of success in Fife and Belfast and gives you a chance every night.

Owen also played for Fife Flyers over two spells with the Kirkcaldy club (PHOTO: Scott Wiggins)

“That’s what you need and he’ll have great support from Jordan Hedley who will get his fair share of starts, as will Will Bray should he need a night off.”

Owen played the 2019/20 Elite League campaign with Belfast, where he registered a .917 save-percentage and league-leading 2.39 goals-against-average (GAA) in 43 regular season appearances.

It was his third season in the Elite League having playing for Fife Flyers over two spells, in seasons 2016/17 then 2018/19 previously and will lead a goaltending tandem, alongside Brits Jordan Hedley and Will Bray for the Elite Series.

Coventry Blaze will open their Elite Series campaign against Manchester Storm on Saturday 3rd April, face off at 2pm at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.  All games will be played behind closed doors.