Coventry Blaze: Chuck Weber appointed as club's new coach

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Coventry Blaze have appointed Chuck Weber as their new coach.

The experienced 41-year-old American is to take over until the end of the season following last week's departure of Marc LeFebvre.

The Blaze currently stand sixth in the Elite League table at the midway mark of the season, nine points off the top.

But the 2010 title winners are keen to get back in real competition with Nottingham, Sheffield and Belfast in proper contention for silverware.

New York native Weber, who had been head coach with Kontinental Hockey League side Medvescak Zagreb this season, was the East Coast Hockey League coach of the year in the United States in 2007-08, when he enjoyed the first of two Kelly Cup wins with Cincinnati Cyclones.

The great Blaze days
Coventry Blaze won the Elite League title four times in six seasons under Paul Thompson between 2005 and 2010.

Blaze chairman Andy Buxton describes his appointment as a "phenomenal coup" for the club.

Director of hockey James Pease said: "Chuck has generally stayed with organisations for a few years and put structures in place to improve and make them better and that is what we know he can do with the Blaze.

"We know he is unlikely to stay beyond the end of the season because he will be hunted by other leagues in Europe and North America but we know he can make a big impact."

Weber may have to wait a fortnight for his UK visa to come through, during which time Steven Goertzen will carry on as caretaker boss.

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