Coventry Blaze have signed netminder Kevin Nastiuk from DEL2 side Dresdner Eislöwen.
Selected in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Carolina Hurricanes, Nastiuk won the DEL championships with Eisbären Berlin in 2011 and 2012 and was a member of the 2003/04 Medicine Hat Tigers which won the WHL championship.
The 31-year-old has also spent time in the AHL and ECHL, with Blaze head coach Danny Stewart thrilled to welcome the Edmonton native to Coventry:
“After considering several options we are delighted to have Kevin join us in Coventry. He is a proven winner at very good levels and is coming off arguably his best season statistically.
“A lot of his references were similar and that’s always a good sign. He’s a steady guy back there, who doesn’t let much phase him, which sends that confidence to the guys in front of him. He has that bounce-back-ability from game-to-game and within games, and that’s very important here in the UK with the workload and importance of the league.
“A further strength that really attracted me to Kevin was his ability to play the puck. Having a goalie who is confident to do that helps to prevent teams playing more in our zone. Opposition will have to be smarter as to what areas they put pucks and our defence will hopefully take less contact, plus it helps with transition as well.
“We have found a really good team player here who guys are going to want to battle in front of. He’s going to help us get better!”