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Coventry Blaze Partnership

Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Player

The College of Business and Law’s long standing partnership with the Coventry Blaze ice hockey team has seen over 50 players graduate successfully in a variety of Business School bachelor’s and master’s disciplines over the last 16 years.

The majority of Blaze players have taken advantage of our courses, taking an important step to enhancing career prospects once their playing days are over. Many Blaze former players move onto successful and lucrative careers post-hockey.

This has included, Doug Schueller (Head Coach at St John’s University), Chris McNamara (President, AMT Surgery and Vantage Endoscopy), Neal Martin (Regional Sales Manager, AMT Electrosurgery), Shea Guthrie (Account Manager, Sophos) and Dan Carlson (Financial Advisor, TruCairn Advisors) amongst many others.

We are very proud of the partnership we have forged and developed with the Blaze and really feel that we are more than just a provider of high quality education for the players. The opportunity to work closely with the Blaze team on many fronts has also allowed for hundreds of our students to gain valuable volunteering and work experience on match nights, help plan and execute special Blaze related events, and offer pathways for our graduates into full-time roles within the organisation.

Ian Webster, Senior Lecturer

Some of the current and former Blaze players have also been lecturers. The Captain of Coventry Blaze, Jordan Pietrus was also our lecturer in Sports Management. Russ Cowley was also a Senior Lecturer, and retired his #17 jersey as the all-time appearance record holder.

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