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Air cadets career around on the ice at Blaze match.

AIR cadets from Nuneaton found themselves in the spotlight when they stepped out onto the ice in support of the Coventry Blaze.

The Coventry and Birmingham based Royal Air Force Careers team sponsored the ice hockey match between Coventry Blaze and Belfast Giants at the Planet Ice Arena.

Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron helped to swell the numbers in the RAF Blue team which formed the flag waving guard of honour as the teams came out onto the ice for the ceremonial first puck drop at the beginning of the game.

They were even more surprised when they were quite literally dragged out onto the ice at the end of the first period for a tug-ofwar with members of the public.

The cadets sat in the VIP box for a birds eye view of the game and met Coventry Blaze players after the match. For two of the girls the highlight was a chance meeting with the Coventry & Warwickshire FreeRadio presenter 'JD' who was covering the match.

Flt Lt Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, said: "This was a really amazing opportunity for us to increase the size of the light blue footprint within the community and work alongside the RAF Careers team.

"We all had a brilliant evening. Unfortunately the evening wasn't quite such a success for the Blaze as they rounded off their home regular-season schedule in the Elite League with a 4-2 defeat to Belfast Giants."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 8, 2013
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