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Kelman axed as Blaze land Erik.

CASSIDY Coventry Blaze have bolstered their side by signing Swedish forward Erik Hjalmarsson from Danish club Herlev Hornets.

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 at the end of last season. "

The arrival of Hjalmarsson signals the departure of Canadian forward 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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