Coventry Blaze: Chuck Weber praised for team's recovery

Chuck Weber
Chuck Weber was appointed as Coventry Blaze coach in December 2014

Coventry Blaze managing director Mike Cowley believes their end-of-season revival is down to coach Chuck Weber.

Since his December appointment, Blaze have improved to reach this weekend's Elite League play-off semi-finals, in which they face Belfast Giants.

"Chuck has been instrumental to our success as he came in and turned everything around," Cowley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

"He has done a brilliant job. He recognised what was needed here."

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Coventry Blaze reached this weekend's semi-final against Belfast Giants by drawing 3-3 in Nottingham on Saturday before winning 2-1 in the return at the Skydome on Sunday to take the match 5-4 on aggregate.

Having been in sixth place when Weber he took over, nine points off the pace, Blaze, who last won the Elite League play-offs in 2005, are now in contention for a first major honour since the 2009-10 season.

"We haven't had the greatest of seasons," added Cowley. "But we made several changes during the course of the year and getting to the final-four weekend is justifying those changes now.

"Chuck has made players accountable and sometimes it is about moulding those players into the team you want to be.

"Any cash income into the club at this stage of the season is welcome. It gives us confidence to sign a good team for next season."

This Saturday's game is at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham (17:00 BST). Prior to that, Hull meet Sheffield in the other semi (13:00 BST).

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