Danny Stewart leaves Fife for Coventry return

Danny Stewart skates onto the ice ahead of the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Panthers, his penultimate game as a professional ice hockey player. Pic: Richard Davies
Danny Stewart skates onto the ice ahead of the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Panthers, his penultimate game as a professional ice hockey player. Pic: Richard Davies

Danny Stewart has been appointed the new head coach at Coventry Blaze.

The appointment brings to an end his five year association with Fife Flyers - and comes just weeks after he formally retired as a player.

It also marks a return to the Midlands for Stewart who was part of Coventry’s EIHL championship winning teams.

He iced with them between 2006 and 2009, and now has the huge task of revitalising the club after it struggled badly last season.

Stewart replaces Chuck Weber who parted company with the club this week.

Todd Dutiaume paid tribute to his coaching partner who helped to build Fife’s first ever EIHL team and worked with him across each of the past five seasons.

“We have forged an excellent working relationship and Danny’s knowledge, advice and work ethic will sure be missed,” he said.

“I am positive his desire and knowledge of the game will find him successful in his future roles.”

Flyers now have to find a new assistant coach as well as an on-ice leader as they begin to build a team for the new season which gets underway in September.