Blaze of glory for Belak

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

At least one member of the Maple Leafs won the Cup this year.

Wade Belak's Coventry Blaze became the first team in United Kingdom's Elite Ice Hockey League history to sweep the league, Challenge Cup and playoff trophies, completing the final series last week.

"When the (NHL) season was cancelled I really wanted to go back and help that team," Belak said. "It was a great group of guys, a good coach (local native Paul Thompson) and we lost only five games all year. We had three parties for each championship and we're getting rings with three diamonds from Josten's (who design Stanley Cup jewelry). Our rink holds about 3,500 and it was jammed every playoff game.

"Holding the Challenge Cup was the best; it's a big old tennis trophy that has been around about 120 years. The league trophy was like a giant fruit punch bowl, about six times as wide as the Stanley Cup. We didn't (get a parade), but our team took all the trophies around to a bunch of golf tournaments."

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