This news has been out there for a while now, but just in case you missed it: Matt Beleskey has signed a lockout contract with the Coventry Blaze of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
Here is the news report from the Blaze’s website:
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to confirm the signing of National Hockey League forward Matt Beleskey.
The 24-year-old Ontario native has made 173 regular-season and play-off appearances for Anaheim Ducks, registering 44 points (19 goals and 25 assists).
Beleskey, also a fourth-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2006, is the third player to join the Rapid Solicitors Elite League due to the NHL lock-out following Carolina Hurricanes forward Anthony Stewart (Nottingham Panthers) and Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller (Braehead Clan).
Blaze will have Beleskey in the line-up for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Panthers at the Skydome (5.15pm face-off)
Coach Paul Thompson highlighted the important role assistant coach Matt Soderstrom and the club’s sponsors had in helping secure the deal.
He said: “Matty spoke to a few of the sponsors and they have helped make this deal possible. I cannot thank Matty and the sponsors enough.
“The sponsors can see the type of team we have and the attitude and commitment of the side and they were happy to help.
“Had we had a full line-up we would not have been looking. But I have been overplaying guys and they needed some support. This is going to give them a huge lift.
“I was looking for a young, hungry player who can play the intense, in-your-face style we have been producing this season and Matt fits the bill. I am expecting him to contribute heavily to our offence.
“I am absolutely excited to have signed Matt. He is a talented player and I cannot wait to have him in our line-up.”
Jer is ready for the lockout to be over. Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.