Blair Stayzer played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 1999-00, all with the Windsor Spitfires. Stayzer was known for his toughness in Windsor and had 426 PIM in 221 regular season games to show for it.
After ten years roaming around the North American pro hockey scene, Blair will test the European waters for the first time in the upcoming 2010-11 season. Stayzer has signed on with the Newcastle Vipers of Great Britain’s EIHL. His size and toughness will fit in quite well with the EIHL style of hockey which is quite un-Bettman-like.
Blair was a late pick in the 1999 NHL draft, going 190th overall to the Calgary Flames. He has yet to play a game in the NHL, but has played for nine different teams throughout four leagues in his ten years of pro hockey (Johnstown Chiefs – ECHL, Saint John Flames – AHL, Mississippi Sea Wolves – ECHL, Roanoke Express – ECHL, Dayton Bombers – ECHL, Corpus Christi Rayz – CHL, New Mexico Scorpions – CHL, Kalamazoo Wings – IHL and Fort Wayne Comets – IHL).
Stayzer will be part of an expanding and constantly improving EIHL next season. The league has added two teams for the 2010-11 season, increasing the total of teams to ten. Braehead Clan, a team based in Glascow, Scotland and the Dundee Ice increase the number of Scotland based teams to three as they join the Edinburgh Capitals. This will undoubtedly create great rivalries and fan interest. The increasing number of high level players from North America and other parts of Europe is continually making the game better.