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Kelman axed as Blaze land Erik.

CASSIDY Coventry Blaze Coventry Blaze are a British ice hockey team based in Coventry, England. They are the current Elite Ice Hockey League Champions, having clinched the title for the second time in three years on March 21, 2007.  have bolstered their side by signing Swedish forward Erik Hjalmarsson from Danish club Herlev Hornets The Herlev Hornets are a Danish professional ice hockey team playing in the top Danish ice hockey league Oddset Ligaen. The team is located in the Copenhagen suburb of Herlev. .

The 25-year-old winger played over 200 games in the Swedish League before joining Stjernen of the Norwegian League last season where he operated alongside Manchester Phoenix's GB netminder Stephen Murphy.

After finishing the season as his team's top scorer with 15 goals and 21 assists in his 39 games, he moved to Herlev at the start of the current season. A knee injury sidelined him for part of the season but he has returned to full fitness and has recorded three goals and six assists in 12 games while picking up 127 penalty minutes.

"I'm very pleased to be bringing Erik to the Blaze," said Coventry head coach Paul Thompson. "He's exactly what I think we need right now - a real energy guy with good speed, good skills, a good shot and very feisty.

"He's also a right shot and that is something that I think will help us. It's something that we haven't really had since we lost Curtis Huppe Curtis Huppe (born February 21, 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian ice hockey forward currently playing for the Coventry Blaze in the United Kingdom.

Huppe began his junior career in the Western Hockey League for the Medicine Hat Tigers, Lethbridge Hurricanes and the
 at the end of last season. "

The arrival of Hjalmarsson signals the departure of Canadian forward The Canadian Forward was the official party organ of the Social Democratic Party of Canada between 1916 and 1918. It was one of the leading papers of the socialist movement, providing ascerbic commentary on the war effort of the First World War, especially conscription.  Scott Kelman who has been released from his contract with immediate effect.

"Someone has to make way for me to be able to bring in a new face and I've decided to let Scott go." said Thompson. "I'd to thank him for his contribution and wish him well in his future career.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 16, 2009
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