The Coventry Blaze look to defend their EIHL title in 2015-16 with a pair of former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on the blue line. The team has signed Mike Quesnele following his five year stint at Lakehead University and has pulled Josh Godfrey out of Norway.
Quesnele played five years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Greyhounds from 2005-06 to 2009-10. The native of Sault Ste. Marie was drafted by the Greyhounds in the fifth round of the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, 91st overall. Over his career, he scored 36 and assisted on 128 for 164 points over 294 regular season games. In 32 playoff games, he added eleven assists.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Mike saw his first pro action at the end of the 2008-09 season after the Hounds finished last overall in the OHL. Quesnele joined the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL for three regular season and eleven Kelly Cup playoff games. The Cyclones reached the Eastern Conference finals before being swept away by the South Carolina Stingrays. Interestingly, Josh Godfrey was on that Stingrays team.
From 2010-11 to 2014-15, Quesnele played for the Lakehead University Timberwolves. He was picked for the OUA West All-Rookie Team in 2010-11. In 2011-12, Mike was a 1st Team All-Star defenseman and in 2013-14 he was 2nd Team All-Star.
Mike has signed for the 2015-16 season with the EIHL’s Coventry Blaze.
Check out his other talents at the Mike Quesnele YouTube Channel.
Godfrey played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the Guelph Storm and the Greyhounds. Josh was a fourth round pick by the Storm at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, 79th overall. He was a deadline deal to the Greyhounds in 2005-06.
Over his OHL career, Godfrey scored 49 and assisted on 84 for 133 points over 209 regular season games. In the playoffs, he played 29 games and added 21 points. In 2006-07, Josh led all OHL defensemen with 24 goals.
Selected to Team Canada for the 2008 IIHF World Juniors, Godfrey led the tournament’s defensemen with five assists. The tournament was held in the Czech Republic and Canada came away with gold, defeating Sweden in the final, 3-2 in overtime. Looking back, the blue line was amazingly strong with the likes of Drew Doughty, P.K. Subban and Luke Schenn. Up front, the offense was provided by Claude Giroux, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares.
The Washington Capitals took Godfrey in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 34th overall. His first pro action came at the end of the 2007-08 season when he played in one Calder Cup playoff game in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. Since, he has played pro in the AHL, ECHL, Germany’s DEL2 and Norway’s Get Ligaen.
In 2008-09, Josh split his season between the AHL’s Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He played 37 regular season games for South Carolina and six more in the playoffs as the team captured the Kelly Cup championship, defeating the Alaska Aces in the finals.
In 2014-15, Godfrey spent his season in Norway with Sparta Sarpsborg. The team placed third in the ten team Get Ligaen and lost in the semi-finals.
Like Quesnele, Josh is signed for the 2015-16 season with Coventry.
The Blaze began play for the 2000-01 BNL season and were charter members of the EIHL when that league was formed for the 2003-04 season. Coventry has been playoff champions three times, in 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2014-15. The club plays home game at the Skydome Arena in Coventry, England, a 3,000 seat venue that opened in 1999.
In 2014-15, Coventry had a mediocre regular season, playing just below .500 hockey and finishing sixth in the ten team EIHL. However, in the playoffs, they played giant killers and took the championship by defeating the defending champion Sheffield Steelers in the final.