Coventry Blaze head coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that captain Jordan Pietrus and British forward Ross Venus will be back next season, but defenceman Jim Jorgensen will not be returning to The Skydome.
Both Pietrus and Venus are entering the second year of the two-year deals they signed in 2016, as the Blaze look to put this seasons disappointment behind them after missing the playoffs for the first time in the Elite League era.
“Both Jordan and Ross are hard-working players, and guys you want with you in the trenches.” Stewart said.
“I think Ross is very unlucky not to be in Belfast right now with the Great Britain squad. Both guys had good solid seasons, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again next season”
Former Braehead and Sheffield blue liner Jorgensen originally joined Coventry from the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones in January 2015, helping the West Midlands side win the 2015 Elite League playoffs and make it to the Grand Final again 12 months later.
He played in 147 games for the Blaze in total (all competitions), registering 17 goals and 79 points during that span.
“First of all I want to thank Jim for his time and dedication to the club,” Stewart said. “He is a model professional and always conducted himself in the correct manner.
“I can’t fault Jim’s effort at all, but I want us to go in a different direction defensively and so have had to make this tough decision. Everyone at the club wishes Jim Jorgenson all the very best, of that there is no doubt”