Sheffield Steelers Statistics

STEELERS HISTORY

1991----15/09/2017
YEAR 1991
SEPT
When the student games were held in Sheffield a large 8,000 seater arena was built. At that time David Gardiner-Brown saw an opportunity to build on the sporting success of the two football clubs in the city. He recruited Ronnie Wood (from Solihull Barons) as his co marketing director and the Sheffield Steelers were born. They secured Dave Simms (a supporters club commitee member from Solihull) and it was he that came up with the idea of giving players nicknames to help fans associate with them.They originally applied to replace Solihull Barons in the top league but when the governing body turned down that request they found themselves playing in the third tier of British hockey.They began their season made up of players largely from the Sheffield Sabres with the cream of the cash-strapped Solihull Barons' defence; as well as former Edmonton Oiler Ron Shudra, Phil Lee and Paul Thompson.They also recuited canadian-born Mark Mackie from Chelmsford Chieftans as well as netminder Terry Bagley.And, of course, not forgetting Wood himself a former GB international who became the teams top scoring British player.Steelers first match played at the Arena in front of 2300 people was a challenge match against Durham Wasps. Which they lost 7-1 the Steelers goal was scored by A Johnson.
OCT
The first game in English Div 1 was away at Sunderland Chiefs which they won 13-2. Steelers first league match at the Arena was the following night against Chelmsford Chieftains which they draw 3-3 in a very exciting match in front of 1000 spectators. By the end of the month Steelers were top of the League, Tickets at the Arena were £4.50 for Adults, £3.50 for Children. Car parking was free, those were the days.
YEAR 1992
JAN
Steelers lose for the first time on own ice in front of a capacity crowd 8300 at the Arena against Medway Bears 7-9
MAR
An extra 1,175 seats have been installed for the two matches this weekend against Sunderland Chiefs and Solent Viking.
Steelers confirmed that an overall sponsorship package was nearing the £100,000 figure.
Sheffield Steelers Director David Gardner-Brown confirmed his two import, player-coach Ron Shudra and hot shot Steve Nemeth had signed up for next season.
Sheffield Steelers have revealed plans to build an Olympic-standard ice rink in the city. Sheffield general manager Ronnie Wood confirmed today that the club wants to create a practice rink with seats for 800 spectators. Sheffield Arena would still be the Steelers home rink, but the practice pad would be used by the team when ice is not available at the Arena because of concerts.
APR
Sheffield Steelers may miss out on promotion, after claims that they fielded a suspended player in two crucial matches,If the allegations against defenceman Phil Lee are proved the club could face losing the two matches 5-0 and finish bottom of the playoff group.Having suspended key defenceman Phil Lee for the Livingston match, it now seems certain that the dispute prompted by the sports administrators failure to tell the Steelers about rule changes which should have resulted in the suspension earlier in the playoffs will now be resolved without Steelers losing points and a place in the Heineken First Division is secured.
MAY
Steelers bring in Tommy Plommer from Ayr, Scott Neil from Murreyfield, and Neil Abel from Fife Flyers. Ronnie Wood says "They are top class players who will hold key roles in our new game plan".
JULY
20 Steelers may quit Arena the shock after just one season comes amid speculation of a large rent rise, and other changes to the team's arrangements.Millionaire Steelers owner David Gardner-Brown will fly in from his home in Spain to hammer out a deal with the new Arena general manager Jay Hagerman. As well as a rent increase, the Arena wants to take a 30 per cut of gate taking at matches. Introduce a £1 car parking charge.
23 A compromise deal was reached this afternoon between the Steelers and the Arena, neither side was talking figures, but only the price of car parking charges remained unresolved.
OCT
Steelers received notice today that the British Ice Hockey Association ruled that leading scorer Steve MacSwain was not entitled to dual nationality and banned him, McSwain has now left Sheffield and Ronnie Wood said" We were exonerated from any blame ".
NOV
06 Steelers boss David Gardner- Brown has resigned as an official of the ice hockey club. But he is carrying on as managering director of Sheffield Steelers Ltd.His decision is understood to have been prompted by his failed bid to save Ayr Bruins.The collapse of the Bruins deal has left the Ayr club in debt and excluded from playing any further games in Heineken Div One --the same ice hockey league as the Steelers.
DEC
08 Steeler boss David Gardner Brown has scotched reports that he is planning to sell the Sheffield Steelers he has resigned as an official of the club in advance of his suspension says he is continuing on as managing director of the company which owns the club.
20 Sheffield Steelers revealed that Great Britain international coach Alex Dampier is to be their new coach. The announcement that the former Nottingham Panthers coach was to take over was made minutes before the start of their Division One fixture against Romford Raiders at Sheffield Arena.
YEAR 1993
FEB
08 Tim Cranston plays his first match versus Blackburn Blackhawks
25 A Sheffield Steelers fan was allegedly hit in the face with a an ice hockey stick as violence erupted at an Arena cup game.Today police launched their own inquiry after a Humberside Seahawks player apparently struck the man during a row with away team coach Peter Johnson.
26 Sheffield Steelers general manager Ronnie Wood has quit the admin side of the business. In a statement released by Steelers, David Gardner - Brown adds "There is no question about the immense contribution that Ronnie has made to the success of the Steelers, both on and off the ice and I would publicly like to express my gratitude to him.
MAR
Sheffield Steelers will test their top line up credentials against crack European opposition Metallurg Cherepovets.
17 Steelers ice hockey fans face a massive rise in ticket prices for next season. A family ticket for two adults and two children will cost £15.An adult ticket will be £5.50.
23 Sheffield Steelers lost more than £50,000 in their first season, and were also being rapped by auditors who discovered a catalogue of financial irregularities. In the directors report on the accounts Mr Gardner-Brown says they are not satisfied with the state of the company financial affairs but added that they have taken steps to ensure the company is profitable during the current season.
APR
01 Sheffield Steelers coach Alex Dampier has agreed to take charge next season, and Scott Neil has also accepted a new contract for next season.Neil has also been named club captain throwing into doubt the future of current captain Ron Shudra.
George Dodds, a Yorkshire exile living in Spain, is understood to have taken a controlling interest in Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club. Mr Dodds, a long-term investor in the club, has until now taken a back seat in the Steelers day-to-day affairs.
19 Sheffield Steelers said their own unique thank you to around 9,000 Arena fans at the last home match of the ice hockey season.The Tina Turner look-a-like had Saturday night package house almost fooled with her performance.
MAY
Steelers sign Chris Kelland, Clyde Tuyl joins as assistant coach
JULY
23 Steelers sign Selmar Odelein from Nottingham Panthers, and Netminder Martin McKay.
AUG
Steelers reinstate Shudra as captain.
SEPT
Steelers were held to a draw 8-8 in their first match in the British League Premier before 7,100 fans packed into Sheffield Arena.
Paul Thompson has quit the club and signed for Solihull Barons. Steelers first play with orange on their shirts.
OCT
21 Sheffield Steelers have signed a former Czech defector Ivan Matulik to beef up their attack, and terminated Claude Dumas contract.
NOV
04 The ICE hockey star dubbed the best ever to skate on British ice started his Sheffield Steelers career today , better late than never.Selmar Odelein was a month overdue at Sheffield Arena from his native Saskatoon, Canada after being delayed by commitments on his family farm.
29 Yorkshire Electricity have paid out more than £10.000 in damages after leaving Sheffield Steelers team in the dark. Managers of Homepower, YE's retail arm, pulled the plug on a sponsorship deal.
YEAR 1994
FEB
17 Sheffield Steelers lost an astonishing £174,000 in its second year. Managing Director David Gardner Brown is criticised for irregular use of company funds following an audit.The report says the club failed to keep books properly for the second year running. Mr Dodds said "After the financial mess the company had got into, I demanded full control and warned I'd pull out if I didn't get it.Steelers would have collapsed if I'd walked out. David had the good grace to sign over the documents there and then.
Hayley Roach official of the supporters club, confirmed that a full allocation of 1,000 tickets had already been taken up for the Premier playoff in April at Wembley and they want more, and they have still to qualify.
MAR
01 Controversial referee Nico Toeman hit back today at Steelers fans who claim he is biased. Toeman became instantly unpopular last season when he sent off Ron Shudra.The Sheffield captain later got a six game ban." It was not my problem whether Shudra got six games or six years. But they blamed me as they always do.
23 Members of the British Ice Hockey Association went in session last night to mull over Steelers response before either scrapping or trying to enforce the penalty for alleged wage-capping . Today they simply said "solicitor" were still in discussions.
27 Angry Sheffield Steelers blasted the British Ice Hockey Association again yesterday just 24 hours after winning their court injunction over punishment for allegedly breaking the League's salary cap.
APR
20 Sheffield Steelers skate out on Wembley ice this weekend knowing they have become the team everybody outside South Yorkshire loves to hate. There amazing rise to the top in three short years has made enemies at many of the clubs they have left on the wayside.
22 Super Steelers success just keeps rolling demonstrated by the 1,100 strong supporters club, and 2,300 season ticket already ordered for next season.
MAY
10 A Medical specialist has told Selmar Odelein to quit, this back complaint will not clear up. Tony Hand is tempted on a move to Steelers.
JUN
22 Steve Nemeth will not be returning to the team next season, he is expected to return to the German team Krayfellt which he left when he joined the Steelers.
JULY
18 Sheffield Steelers have reluctantly coughed up a fine of £5,000 ice hockey bosses ordered them to pay for alleged wagecap busting. We had reached the stage where it was not worth the cost of going back through the courts."no one has ever proved we broke the wagecap level and the owner George Dodds is furious that justice has not been done."
Sheffield Steelers have signed defenceman Mike O'Connor. Steelers have hit a stumbling block at their bid reach a deal with Scott Neil. Steeler have lost out in the race to sign "wonderkid" Ashley Tait from Nottingham Panthers. Rob Wilson signed for the Steelers.
AUG
Sheffield Steelers have re-signed Scot Neil.
Sheffield Steelers announced the biggest sponsorship deal with McEwans in the history of British club ice hockey.
SEP
17 Sheffield Steelers £250,000 deal with new sponsors hit an embarrassing snag just two hours before last night's cup tie. The club's landlords, Sheffield Arena, ordered them to take down a 30ft McEwan's Lager banner proudly erected at the curtain end of the rink.
OCT
20 Steve Nemeth is brought back to the Steelers, after Paul Jackson was sacked by the club.
DEC
31 Ken Priestlay "The Messiah" signs for the Steelers.
YEAR 1995
JAN
06 Sheffield Steelers suffered catastrophic losses of £234,008 in the first two financial years, and was teetering on the brink of collapse. Now the family friendly sports club has declared a modest, but significant profit of £44,247 for last year, and expect to double that in the current period.
FEB
03 Selmar Odelein was back home in Canada today heartbroken that medical advice had forbidden a return to Sheffield Steelers
MAR
09 Wage- Cap spies have run the rule over Sheffield Steelers again. Finance Chief Steve Crowther said "Everything is above board at this club as it always has been.". Cardiff and Nottingham have also been visited.
28 Sheffield Steelers supporter Dave Morris and his cornet upset so many rival fans at the weekend that the Nottingham rink threatened to call in the environmental health. They told him an official armed with a meter would be checking whether he broke volume levels after his trumpet solo had 3,000 home fans cupping their ears. But last night Dave escaped the gagging order as Nottingham noise officials backed down.
APR
07 Steelers ace Ken Priestlay could quit Britain before he is BLINDED by high sticking opponents. The input marksman has been sticked in the face four times in the last two matches, cuts requiring around 15 stitches.
MAY
12 Sheffield Steelers have almost reached their season ticket target for next season months before the action starts again. The club riding on the back of a double championship has sold 2,645 season tickets already. That compares with the 2,683 they sold on the first day of last season.
JUN
07 Andre Malo joined old favourite Tim Cranston, who has re-signed, in a public ceremony in Orchard Square where more than 1,000 fans turned up for the event.
14 The Sheffield Steelers today shook the ice hockey world to its foundations by pulling off the sport's biggest ever double signing of the Edinburgh Racers Tony Hand and the Cardiff Devils Nicky Chinn
JULY
03 Wayne Cowley has agreed financial terms with Steelers.
AUG
07 Hand revealed that Edinburgh Racers were now demanding compensation for him despite the club being scratched from the British League and his teammates having gone their separate ways. Now it's believed that Racers directors have put a £20,000 price-tag on Hand's head which would set a British record.
15 Hand sorted out the hitch himself and such was the power of his argument that the Scots backed down and not a penny was paid by Sheffield.
29 Sheffield Steelers have been forced to stop using the Thunderbirds theme tune. But now the Arena has warned the club they maybe infringing copyright, and ordered them to come up with something else. Dave Simms quipped"This is diabolical. I'm taking this all the way to the top , I've asked Parker to have a word in the ear of Lady Penelope."
SEP
01 Three Sheffield Steelers stars cheated death when their new £16,000 car swerved across a busy carriageway and plunged 15ft down a banking. Driver Scott Neil was pulled half conscious from the written off car by team mates Tony Hand and Chris Kelland after the crash near Worksop. GB international Neil was detained in hospital overnight with concussion. His cousin Hand suffered a neck injury. Kelland was also nursing a sore back following the crash.
OCT
One of the most impressive shows of support comes next weekend when Steelers supporters form the biggest single invasion of Europe by any ice hockey club. An estimated 800 fans will fill a quarter of the rink at Tilburg, and all of them go in peace.
05 Steelers lay on a real Dutch treat, an awesome display of defensive might and clinical shooting gave sparking Sheffield Steelers their first taste of European Cup glory last night.
09 Sheffield's ice hockey kings nay have failed to quality for the next round of the European Cup. But what a performance they won the first match, fought back from 4-0 down only to lose 5-3 against the likely champions, and then beat a team of Spanish no-hopers in their last outing.
NOV
09 Rob Wilson was able to cut short what should have been a season long low to Telford after his dual nationality was replaced by full British status. Steelers have written out a compensation cheque to Telford, who accepted his determination to leave a week ago.
DEC
Manchester Storm trying to sign Martin McKay, Steelers put a price tag of £20,000 on his head.
17 Sheffield families caught up in a bloody ice hockey war are considering launching legal action against rival team players. Parents of at least two young females who claim they were intimidated and verbally abused by injured Durham Wasps player Ross Lambert have already made contact with lawyers.
YEAR 1996
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JAN
05 Frosty bosses of Sheffield Steelers may sue a rival team for £80,000 after they had to let down 8,000 fans. The fixture against Basingstoke on Dec 30 had to be cancelled with hours to go when the Southern team suddenly announced the weather was too bad to travel.Steelers will have to pay the Arena £10,000 in rent if the game is not replayed.
FEB
08 Jamie Van Der Horst joins the Steelers from Solihull Barons. Steelers Alex Dampier has persuaded David Longstaff to join them on loan to the end of the season.
MAR
Those sour pusses who say Steelers have bought their own success are absolutely right. The BIHA's tinpot trophy was not good enough for image-conscious Sheffield so the club splashed out four figures on their own league championship cup.
27 American lawyers were delivered a brunt message from Sheffield 'Hands off our Steelers'. City leaders reacted with the sort of aggression often on the ice to news that American football team Pittsburgh Steelers are claiming the name exclusively for their own use.
APR
02 Steelermania brought Orchard Square in the city centre to a shuddering halt. Hundreds of ice hockey fans joined Sheffield Lord Mayor Coun David Heslop in saluting the Grand Slam champions and Steelers captain Ron Shudra and his men were swamped by well-wishers and autograph hunters.
MAY
22 Steeler today threw their weight behind Sheffield's surprise bid for a new £17m national ice stadium. The city has overtaken Nottingham as the prime contender for a Olympic standard training facility.Nottingham had hoped the two pad rink paid with lottery money would be a new home for beaten Wembley finalists Panthers.
JUN
11 Wayne Cowley walked out on Sheffield Steelers plunging the champion into a goaltending crisis. The 31 year old Canadian said "The money involve, at this stage of my career, meant I just couldn't turn it down".
17 Steelers coach Alex Dampier denied there was any risk involved in signing new Italian Canadian netminder Piero Greco. Steelers summer shopping spree continued with the signature of new 6ft 3ins import winger Frank Kovacs.
JULY
06 Injured ice hockey ace Steve Nemeth's Steelers career is in doubt after he criticised the club in the Star over non-payment of his wages.
12 Steelers coach Alex Dampier put an end to weeks of uncertainty over transfer target Jamie Leach declaring " I've got him".
SEPT
04 Steelers have offered Steve Nemeth an improved contract to return. The two sides have had their differences over the summer but real progress has been made during a series of phone calls between Sheffield and British Colombia.
OCT
11 Steelers 16-0 annihilation of Hielo Jaca last night was more than just a throw back in English Division one days than a European quarter final. The ludicrously poor visitors were run ragged on Sheffield Arena ice.
23 Ron Shudra 28year-old Steelers player was rushed to Sheffield Northern General hospital after being found laying on the dressing room floor. He was given oxygen and ambulanced to hospital, where he was placed on an ECG heart monitor.
Steelers were today booking their flight tickets to Finland after romping through in the Europa Cup semi finals. They beat Steaua Bucharest 4-1 and Tilburg Trappers 5-1.
28 Sheffield Steelers the city's most successful professional sports this decade is for sale at £4m. Millionaire owner George Dodds has already been approached by three prospective buyers.
NOV
Steelers players have a vote between themselves for the captaincy, and it was given to Rob Wilson.
10 This pay per view boxing is really good value. Sheffield Steelers should have ropes around the rink rather than plexi-glass for last nights bloody clash with Basingstoke Bison. Three players were sent off after a fighting spectacular, Tommy Plommer who took on Doug Sinclair a bout which sparked a bench clearance. The most bizarre night was Steelers goalie Jim Hibbert racing the length of the ice to flatten opposite number Richard Gallace.
Steelers new bull-nosed defenceman arrived in Sheffield today, and he's not here to make friends. Corey Beaulieu sums up his style of play in one word "Rough".
15 Sheffield Steelers were beaten 7-5 by Norway's Shorhamar after leading 4-1 in the first of their three match Europa Cup semi-final series.
16 Sheffield Steelers made Europe sit up and take notice with a breathtaking 2-2 tie with crack Finnish team HPK Hameenlinna.`
17 Steelers narrowly went down 5-4 in the last semi final to a fast skating team Polymir Novopoletsk.`
18 Sheffield Steeler ice hockey club were embroiled in a nightclub brawl. Captain Rob Wilson was kicked in the chest as a pitched battle erupted outside the Metropole nightclub in Hameenlinna Finland.Police flooded the market square outside the club but made no arrests among the Sheffield squad.
DEC
03 Jason Lafreniere joins the Steelers Alex Dampier says" finally got him".
28 Steelers may sell off half their ice hockey franchise to Sheffield hated soccer rivals Leeds Utd. The deal would see United's controlling company Caspian buying the right to play Britain fastest growing indoor sport in West Yorkshire. Caspian has plans for a 15,000 seater home for their new superleague team.
YEAR 1997
JAN
08 Sheffield Steelers have sold their right to be Yorkshire only Superleague ice hockey club. Caspian paid £150,000 to the Superleague for the franchise coving north of South Yorkshire. They also paid £250,000 to Steelers, which the club will invest in further development.
09 Cardiff Devils defenceman Shannon Hope could face jail in connection with facial injuries suffered by Steelers player Jamie Leach. Police confirmed Hope could be charged with causing grievous bodily harm, an offence which carries a possible jail sentence.
11 Steelers players staged a bus mutiny and considered refusing to play in the controversial 3-2 defeat at Cardiff. A poll conducted on board the coach showed over whelming support for pulling out of the fixture, as a protest at the unpunished facial injury suffered by team mate Jamie Leach.
FEB
27 Alex Dampier normally a laid-back coach blew his top behind closed doors at the Nynex Arena following this side's 6-2 thrashing by Manchester Storm. Kicked a table several feet across the floor. Sent hockey sticks crashing in all directions, and booted a row of cans up into orbit. According to club spokesman Dave Simms Alex made a stand. He wanted his players to know that the standard of play they had dropped to that night was unacceptable.
MAR
04 Steve Nemeth blasts Steelers players and bosses. The injured ace claims he has been treated like a leper since a recurrence of this tennis elbow complaint, which may force him to quit the sport he has played for 25 years.
APR
25 Ron Shudra signs on for two more years, joining Ken Priestlay and Tony Hand.
30 Steelers fans were deprived of European League ice hockey when it was confirmed the club had dropped out of next year's tournament. General Manger Steve Crowther withdrew the club in support of league winners Cardiff Devils who had not been invited to take part.
JUN
10 Steelers are locked in tense rent-drop negotiations with Sheffield Arena after losing hundreds of thousands of pounds last year. The club wants to safeguard their long term future by securing a new deal with their Arena landlords, owner George Dodds.
18 Perry Doyle one of the hardest men in ice hockey, his career is now effectively over at the age of 24."I've been playing hockey for 11 years, it's in my blood. But there seems no hope of carrying on now, it's just to painful," said the powerhouse Brummie.
26 Steelers sign Scott Allison.
JULY
29 Steelers raised their glasses to a new sponsorship deal with American lager Coors Extra Gold
AUG
01 Jason Lafreniere today gave his first candid explanation why he has walked out on the Sheffield Steelers. " Sheffield didn't have enough money it's as simple as that,"the ex-NHL star said.
13 Superleague's top man slammed crisis club Nottingham Panthers for throwing the new season into turmoil. Panthers boss Charles Walker waited until around the time the new fixtures were unveiled before revealing his club was on the brink of bankruptcy. It is still unclear whether Nottingham will take part in the new campaign.
14 Man mountain Mike Ware has ended weeks of speculation by signing for Sheffield Steelers from Cardiff Devils.
OCT
10 Sheffield Steelers have suspended one of their most popular ever players while they probe his links with a rival £2.5m sports and entertainment complex. Tim Cranston has been suspended without pay because of his involvement in the so-called Player Bar, a swish development also backed by Prince Naseem and Def leppard rock stars Joe Elliott and Rick Savage. Cranston a qualified lawyer, pleads not guilty to accusations of conflict of interests. He says he was merely providing the legal back-up for the venture as part of his daily duties as a solicitor. He was wearing a Steelers track-suit, his bosses believe people seeing the picture would draw the inference that Steelers were backing the venture.
11 Some said it was just a lot of hot air. Others thought the radio blimp flown in Sheffield Arena during the Steelers games would soon be grounded gimmick. At £2,000 a model, from the Model Shack in Main Rd Ridgeway Sheffield, it was designed by Steelers fan Simon Lanchester aged 27.
16 Steelers have agreed term with new imported forward Ed Courtney and he could be playing in Sheffield within a fortnight.
21 Tim Cranston is back in the Steelers team after being fined for his involvement in a rival entertainment group.
YEAR 1998
JAN
09 Former Steelers owner David Gardner Brown refused to comment on speculation he may try to win back a slice of the club, which is up for sale.
12 Bryan Adams pop superstar fuelled speculation of a pop buy-out by attending both Steelers matches at Sheffield Arena. He was a guest of Sheffield songwriter Elliot Kennedy, with a possible pop consortium buy-out or investment in Steelers.
16 Steeler player Jamie Van der Horst was left stranded 200 miles from home because his fast food wasn't fast enough! He and his team mates had stopped for a snack at McDonalds in Basingstoke after their victory last night.Forty minutes later, just as he was consigning himself to a night in the home counties, his luck changed for the better. The team bus returning from Pizza Hut towards the M3, circled past McDonalds and goalie Jim Hibbert spotted Horst's unmistakable bulk.
FEB
05 The uncertainty over the fate of Sheffield Ice Hockey giants will not be cleared up until the retired business tycoon has studied the last balance sheet. It throws up the spectre of no one knows whether there will be a Superleague club next year, a similar problem to the one endured by Nottingham Panthers last summer.
17 Steelers exchange contracts with Sheffield company Commercial Project Development , selling of the club's Enfield Pub and land off Broughton lane. The profit of the estimated £500,000 sale -- probably something around £180,000 will pay off most of the club's debts.
21 Steelers player Dion Del Monte did a saucy strip for almost 4,000 fans on ice at Sheffield Arena joined by team-mates Ron Shudra, Scott Allison, Chris Kelland and Jamie Van der Horst.
APR
03 Alex Damplier walked out of Sheffield Arena, the manager who made Sheffield Steelers a household name refused to take pot shots on those he left behind however critical some had been of him over the last months.
07 Steelers began the giant task of restructuring their club by appointing Dave Simms as new team manager. The former Solihull Barons team manager will be responsible for choosing the new coach to lead the club towards the millennium.
09 Steelers ace Scott Allison spoke today of the "great loss" to the Sheffield public following the retirement of team mate Ken Priestlay The goalscorer is expected to quit playing and take an assistant coaching job in Washington State, America.
23 Steelers cut applications to final three--Don McKee 55 has been Principal head coach at Canada's Waterloo University, Larry Floyd 38 he was general manager of New York Falcons. The Third is Paul Thompson who has played for Steelers, and now coaches Solihull Blaze.
MAY
22 Paul Thompson say's he has probably made the biggest mistake of his life by turning down the chance to coach Sheffield Steelers."But the situation was clouded by the fact that the club had still not sorted itself out about next season. Nothing has been 100 per cent finalised to even confirm the existence of the club. It wasn't as if I could drive to the Arena and study the budget I'd got and find the players I need.
JUN
11 Steelers new boss Don McKee took over the reins, and Immediately sent an icy blast through the Superleague. " I'm not coming halfway around the world to compete, I'm coming to win".
JULY
17 Canadian net minder Grant Sjevern has joined from Manchester Storm, and Craig Chapman, comes to the Steelers from Freco, California. Ken Priestlay again re-signs for the Steelers
29 Ed Courtenay and Ken Priestlay have accepted a deal to re-sign, following a budget busting decision by owner George Dodds and team boss Dave Simms.
AUG
03 Sheffield Steelers have sewn up a three year sponsorship deal with high street retailer Allsports worth a minimum of £250,000.
26 Sheffield ice hockey stars have really been through the treadmill in their early practice sessions using car tyres. Players stick- handle the tyres like monster pucks up and down the ice. Then they have to do a relay race with the tyres under each arm.
OCT
Sixty Sheffielders followed their Steelers ice hockey heroes to this frozen wastes of Siberia, where they got a chilly reception. Steelers started well 4-4 with Torpedo Kamenogorsk,and then 2 losses Avangard Omsk 5-1 and Lada Togliatto 3-1.
NOV
04 Steelers sign Hakan Falkenhall to bolster a blue line hit by injuries.
DEC
09 The club financial situation has taken a serious turn for the worse , and a crisis meeting were going on with outside advisors that will have an immediate bearing on whether the club will still be around to fulfil the rest of the season fixtures.
19 Ice Hockey Superleague today claimed it could sell Sheffield Steelers "in 48 hours" if the club was dissolved in it's present form. The club financial situation has taken a serious turn for the worse , and a crisis meeting were going on with outside advisors that will have an immediate bearing on whether the club will still be around to full fill the rest of the season fixtures.
YEAR 1999
JAN
23 Fresh controversy erupted at Sheffield Steelers and company secretary Kim Lawley quit the club claiming it was operating insolently. Steve Crowther, Elliot Kennedy and David Frame had also resigned their directorships following the earlier similar action by Steve Williams.
25 Steelers buy-out boss Terry Smith hit back at the teams "over paid player". He slammed the previous management for "throwing away hundreds of thousands of pound"by over paying players and lavishing other perks on off-ice staff.
27 Steelers director George Dodds was today trying to organise a fresh financial rescue package after takeover boss Terry Smith pulled out of the deal to buy the club,
31 Brian Whitfield and David Cox, met up with Brian Yates, Jim Scott and Steve William to form the directors of (FOSSL) and then added to the board of directors with Audina Warburton and Paul Cooper.
FEB
01 Steelers wheel of fortune clicked its final turn and stopped again at the segment marked "Royal Supporters". Supporters David Cox and Brian Yates came up with the idea, which was gathering momentum. They want to set a "Friends of Sheffield Steelers" company with 360 shares worth £250 each. Pop writer Elliot Kennedy has already backed the idea with personal cash. The cash, along with the SOS fund, £40,000 in promised investment, and a creditors voluntary arrangement, would settle debts and allow Steelers to start off the Millennium season with a blank financial page. The £90,000 substitutes the cash promised by three Superleague club directors, who pulled out of their separate deals with Steelers last week.
23 Steelers player Ken Priestlay announced he will hang his skates up at the end of the season. Ken had this to say" I think the line up that included Jason Lafeniere, Jamie Leach,Tony Hand and Glen Mulvenna --with Corey Beaulieu at the back, it had just about everything as a play-off club. If we had kept that team together and brought in an other person like Ed Courtenay, who would have stopped us? Nobody!"
MAR
31 Business whizkid Darren Brown vowed to put the magic back into Sheffield Steelers . The 27 year old Chesterfield company director is leading a consortium to buy the £300,000 ice hockey franchise for the city.
APR
02 "On Sunday morning Ken Priestlay flies home to Vancouver and despite the suggestion that the Sheffield Steelers club will try and lure him back next season. I cannot think we'll see him playing at Sheffield Arena again." Those were the words of Tony Hand.
13 Sheffield Steelers officially ceased to exist today but it won't be long before the cash-troubled ice hockey club will rise from its own financial ashes. A liquidator is being appointed to wind up what is left of owner George Dodds Challenge Cup winning club, and pay off what creditors he can.
MAY
28 Fan Darren Brown saved the Steelers and promises a return to trophy days of old. Brown a director of Uniform Print has a 65 per cent holding while Friends of the Steelers own 33 per cent of the new company. Businessman David Cox and fan David Brown complete the new board. The Friends of the Steelers will be represented by directors Brian Whitfield and Brian Yates.
JUN
04 Steelers legend Tony Hand was offered one of the biggest contracts in Steelers history to stay in Sheffield. But the best-ever British-born ice hockey player walked away from a deal worth a whopping £140,000 over three years to return to his native Scotland.
11 Steelers succeeded in capturing flying winger Jason Weaver from Nottingham Panthers, Shayne McCosh from Bracknell Bees. Kip Noble from Cardiff Devils and Dan Ceman
29 Rocket Ron Shudra is not re-signed by Don McKee.
OCT
22 Steelers played in the Continental cup last night at the Arena. A French goal 16 seconds from the end gave Anger a surprise draw 4-4.
23 Steelers regained their self respect and gave themselves an outside chance of European glory with a plucky display against a skilled Norwegian side Storhamar, which finished 3-3.
24 Steelers recorded a famous victory and got sweat revenge against Avangard Omsk the team that beat Sheffield in their own rink last year were well beaten this time 4-2.
NOV
03 AXED Steelers shock as coach McKee fired only 12 games into the new season. McKee pays the price for a big defeat last Sunday and inconsistency throughout the season so far. It is a bold decision by Steelers with no replacement in sight.
05 Dale Craigwell one of the few top class black players in ice hockey has signed for the Sheffield Steelers.
19 Mike Blaisdell breezed into Sheffield Steelers dressing room with a warning to his new players "Work hard, play hard or find another club." The firebrand coach, aged 39, ended a week of dispute with his old Nottingham Panthers employers to sign for the club that has been his arch-rival for years.
DEC
06 Steelers in Hull buy-out. Steelers owner Darren Brown pulled off a deal to buy ailing British National League ice hockey team Hull Thunder. He agreed a package to refloat Ron Shudra cash starved club. The potential of commercial benefits in pairing Sheffield and Hull persuaded Brown to buy out the players contracts, the club's name and all other assets.
10 Dennis Vial has been promoted to assistant captain after only two games with Sheffield Steelers. The heavyweight defenceman has impressed Mike Blaisdell with his leadership qualities.
20 Scott Allison makes a dramatic return to the Steelers. Team manager Dave Simms persistent efforts to persuade the powerhouse winger to come back.
YEAR 2000
FEB
15 Steelers will compete with London Knights for the signature of winger Andy Bezeau at the end of the season. The 'Pocket battleship' is top of coach Mike Blaisdell wishlist after the player led his side to a comprehensive victory at the Sheffield Arena.
25 For eight years the name Ron Shudra was inextricably linked with Sheffield Steelers The unthinkable finally happened last summer when the defenceman was released, and he moved to Hull Thunder. But next week the Rocket is back at Sheffield Arena in a testimonial match to toast his Steelers career.
MAR
23 Sheffield Arena will start its goodbye ritual tonight to two player who have been the cornerstone of Steelers most successful years. Tommy Plommer and Andre Malo face Ayr tonight and Cardiff on Saturday, the final occasion they will grace the Arena ice.
APR
01 Steelers owner Darren Brown completed the takeover of Westfield Sharks last night, signing an undisclosed package to assume sole control of the club. The 28 year old sports magnate, who was also unveiled as new boss of Chesterfield FC this week.
07 Steelers kept their most important close season promise today, by re-signing the man who puts the backbone into the team. Muscleman Dennis Vial wanted by teams across the world, agreed a new one-year-deal with the Steelers.
MAY
04 Ed Courtenay quits the Steelers. Blaisdell prepared to offer long-time target Rick Brebant assistant coach's role to lure him to Steelers. We'll dish dosh to keep Bish-Bosh! Steelers break own rules to offer McCosh extended deal.
05 Ed Courtenay dropped the gloves to launch a savage attack on Sheffield Steelers bosses David Simms and Mike Blaisdell. The Ayr bound winger is furious that Sheffield have publicly justified their actions in refusing him a two year deal by blaming salary demands and unreasonable conditions.
16 Steelers announce the signing of Steve Carpenter from Nottingham Panthers.
25 Steelers announce Two great signing Rick Brebant from Manchester Storm, and Steve Roberts from Nottingham Panthers.
24 Sports Boss Darren Brown resurrected the spectre of building a new purpose-built stadium for both Steelers and Sharks. The businessman may jet to America to study proposals by a company to erect a building for both parties. It is a plan for a minimum 6,500 seater, first thought off in the early days of Steelers, under Ronnie Wood.
30 Steelers pulled off a spectacular signing coup today by landing former NHL goalie Mike O'Neill.
JUN
02 Ed Courtenay quits the Steelers. Steelers said they had improved their financial offer to McCosh for a second time, making him the highest paid defenceman in the club history. That was enough, says Simms, for McCosh to change his mind and stay with the Steelers.
27 Thanks for all the memories say sacked skipper Rob Wilson. After six seasons patrolling the Arena blue line, Wilson was deeply hurt by his release in favour of a younger defence.
JULY
11 Veteran ice hockey Scott Metcalfe signed for the Steelers today, and immediately became front-runner for the captaincy.
25 Steelers take a chance on Paul Beraldo, the Canadian has a rocket shot and a tough aggressive streak says Simms.
AUG
10 The position of backup goalie is going to Mike Torchia, a 28 year-old from Toronto.
16 A Sports marketing firm which has acquired half of Newcastle Superleague ice hockey club could buy Sheffield Steelers. The Eye Group, which describes itself as a sports exploitation company, is poised to make a cash offer to Steelers owner Darren Brown.
19 Steelers today confirmed they hah received a "very attractive offer" from a company wanting to buy the club, it believed from Eye for £1,000,000 pounds.
23 A Bitter row broke out today after Sheffield International Venues locked Sheffield Steelers personal out of their own merchandising store. Steelers now thought to be on an even keel financially owe around £5,000 rent for the building opposite the Sheffield Arena on Broughton.
SEPT
29 Steelers reject £1m offer believed from Eye.
NOV
04 A flu bug dramatically depleted Sheffield Steelers ranks, and forces coach Mike Blaisdell out of retirement. Only seven out of 18 players were able to practise last night, after complaints of fever and diarrhoea. Blaisdell was quickly registered and insured and wears the number 14 shirt. They finished up winning in Newcastle 5-4 with just eleven skaters
DEC
12 Steelers release Brent Bobyck and Steve Roberts
YEAR 2001
JAN
Angry Steeler owner Darren Brown has carpeted his managing director, over a £5,000 payment to finance company, which was due to pursue a winding up order against Steelers in court.Brown was furious when he discovered his accounts department had not settled the relatively modest bill which was in danger of bringing the club to its knees.
Bid to oust sport tycoon Darren Brown he's been secretly asked to hand over running of Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club. He has been dogged by a series of cash-flow difficulties, including- a threatened visit of bailiffs to Chesterfield FC over a £49,000 tax bill.---- Along running saga over the payment of £150,000 soccer transfer cash. Failure to pay ice hockey player on time.A 5,000 lottery prize owed to fans.
16 The row over the finances of sports tycoon Darren Brown rumbled on with ice hockey players setting a deadline for possible strike action and football fans demanding real answers.
29 Steelers coach Mike Blaisdell has revealed how he fully supported his players decision to threaten strike action against unpaid wages.
FEB
09 Some of most explosive scenes of violence seen in British ice hockey for years wrecked Steelers latest bid to confirm new ownership of the league title last night. Steelers were leading Nottingham 3-1 when aggro broke out on the ice. Barry Nieckar, whose blind side punch concussed Scott Alison in their last fixture, after he appeared to cross check Dennis Vial in the side of the head. Vial looked groggy and slipped to the ice as Niecker continued to pound him, the officials declining to step in. Seconds later, Steelers cleared their bench, storming into the middle of the ice, Panthers bench followed suit and every player then took a sparring partner. Like a man possessed Scott Allison climbed over the penalty box plexi glass to join in. At one stage it looked as if Vial butted Nieckar. As a side show Scott Metcalfe beat up Chris Baxter and Adam Smith did the same to David Struch. A glass pane was smashed alongside the Steelers bench, slightly injuring a girl fan. Nottingham goalie Jordon Willis later described the scene as "ridiculous , dangerous, barbaric". It could lead to hefty suspensions for the main protagonists, including both coaches for failing to control their benches. When the dust settled, Steelers lost their poise along with their goaltender, and the match, and the chance to win the league on the night.
15 Record Ban--Allison out for 14 games and fined £850. Vial out for 6 matches and fined £750, Coach Blaisdell get 2 matches, and £500 fine after Friday violent scenes at Nottingham Panthers.
23 Five cars rented for Steelers players and staff were the subject of repossession action, while the championship stars were training. The latest embarrassment for owner Darren Brown came when a debt-collecting agent representing a car hire company arrived at the Arena stadium. Now the players, who say they continue to play only if they are paid on time, have decided to hit back at their management.
26 Steelers players have discussed a fresh strike plan aimed at turning up the heat on owner Darren Brown. But they decided against going ahead with a playing boycott after an angry confrontation with their team manager and coach. Sheffield captain Dennis Vial says the "feud" between players and ownership should end. "We should just sit down and talk this out."On pay and bonuses, all the players want is what they deserve, no more". We need to get on and play hockey".
MAR
Steelers would have been stripped of their newly-won league title if their player had gone on strike before Sunday's ISL regular season finale at Manchester Storm.
Steelers tycoon Darren Brown faces a double threat to his empire over unpaid bills. Sheffield Steelers are facing a fresh winding up order after failing to pay programme printing costs and Chesterfield FC have been reported to the Football League by Mansfield Town over £36,000 in unpaid ticket receipts.
Player Shayne McCosh met potential new owner Andy Cooke following the squad's demand for payment of £40,000 in bonuses by this afternoon , otherwise they would refuse to play at Nottingham in tonight's Play-off match. Cooke offered a deal where two bonuses would be paid today, totalling around £12,000, and two more of the same amount this Friday.
17 Darren Brown dramatic decision to quit Sheffield Steelers today triggered a three-way fight for Britain's best ice hockey franchise. Rotherham car firm owner Andy Cooke was the afternoon meeting Steelers directors David Cox, David Brown, and Brian Yates. The second candidate is Sid Butt of Woodhouse, who owns a meat distribution centre in Scotland. The third is a secret consortium, which could become the favourite.
APR
03 Ice Hockey's Superleague appears to be attempting to hasten Steelers plunge into financial liquidation. The Grand Slam club was fined £50,000 by Superleague because of "total mis-management" at board level. For only the second time since the league's inception the Standards Committee considered a charge of "bringing discredit or harm upon another club or Superleague".
04 Dave Simms the driving force behind Sheffield Steelers for 10 years, wants to step down from his job as team manager. He has laid the ground for a return to the club for Mike O'Connor, possibly as general manager, to properly run the club's commercial affairs. The recruitment of O'Connor could be a significant boost to Jenkinson and partner Andy Cook's bid to the Superleague to either buy the franchise or continue it in its present form.
12 Martin Jenkinson and Andy Cooke, supported by new general manager Mike O'Connor were presenting their credentials to the Superleague board, hoping to be awarded the ice hockey franchise.
26 Sheffield Steelers ice hockey was due to be shut down by a judge today, leaving a long list of unpaid bills in its wake. The company, which lurched into debts under owner Darren Brown, declined to contest a winding up order brought by VAT officials. The firm is now expected to be liquidated, with the franchise reverting back to the Superleague which wants to sell it.
MAY
03 Fight for Steelers turns ugly, Martin Jenkinson claimed he had "shaken hands" on a deal with the ISL and that why he and fellow investors Andy Cooke and Martin Smith had ploughed £180,000 into Steelers in the past few weeks.
05 Sheffield United are on the verge of launching an attempt to buy the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey franchise. Managing director John Thurman confirmed the club are"seriously considering" tabling an offer to run the Steelers, who went into liquidation this month.
JUN
02 Sheffield United pull out of the £250,000 battle to buy Sheffield Steelers.
16 The future pf ice hockey in Sheffield hangs in the balance today after would be Steelers boss Andy Cooke lost his court battle with the sport's ruling body.
19 Former Chesterfield owner Norton Lee has won the fight to run Superleague ice hockey in South Yorkshire. But the millionaire businessman and his Eye Group partners will have to fight for the right to use the name Sheffield Steelers.
21 Steelers die-hards turned out in their thousands to show support for the men who saved their club this weekend. Around 2,200 made their point in the sunshine outside Sheffield Arena at a rally called to back Andy Cooke and Martin Jenkinson and their plans to take a Steelers team into the British National League.
27 Sheffield Arena has sprang the most sensational surprise so far in the controversy over who will play top-class ice hockey in the city. They have told the Ice Hockey Superleague that they do not accept their choice of franchise holder a union of ex-Chesterfield FC boss Norton Lee and sports-right firm The Eye Group.
JULY
03 Steelers people power won the day in emphatic style this afternoon , when Sheffield Arena sensationally handed next season ice contract to Mark Smith, part of the current caretaker ownership..
04 Sheffield Brian Whitfield and David Cox and the rest of the directors of (FOSSL) were the heavyweights working behind the scene to help keep Steelers a locally-owner club.They had continually warned the ISL they could not mess with the people of Sheffield , or they would lose.
07 Sheffield Steelers today have 8,000 fans, one of Europe's best rinks, a stable ownership, a Grand Slam coach, players all over the world waiting to join, but no league to play in. That is the implausible but true picture in the city that won four Superleague titles only a few week's ago.
AUG
10 Steelers British National League dreams are over swept aside by an inexplicable change of heart from a league that suddenly doesn't want the best club in the country. A day long BNL meeting in London saw an 8-4 pro Sheffield majority, voted for five days earlier, over-turned. No reason was given for the U-turn, but it is clear that the chairman, Tom Muir, found the right formula to turn the majority against Steelers.
15 Sheffield leisure boss Steve Brailey talked frankly today about how the city fathers are being forced into taking an ice hockey franchise decision they simply do not want. The Sheffield Arena were today forced to do what ice hockey fans and the city council hoped they would avoid, allow Norton Lee to sign a year-long ice agreement.
23 Mike Blaisdell and Dave Simms are back to rebuild a new 'Steelers' and have 16 days to sign a complete team of players ready to start a new Superleague season on 1 Sept.
30 Norton Lee in his first real public statement since taking over Steelers, he says "I want to make it clear that I am the owner of the franchise along with my wife. We are the only shareholders in the company.Sheffield Steelers has no involvement with the Eye Group."
SEP
01 Norton Lea is taking over Sheffield's new ice hockey franchise willing to sink in more than £1m with no guarantee he will see any of his money again. At his first press conference at Sheffield Arena yesterday, Lea said he wanted to bring in the same "stability and continuity" that he had achieved while chairman at Chesterfield FC.
OCT
25 Norton Lee is working behind the scenes to try to get his hands on the only thing he doesn't officially own, the name, Sheffield Steelers. The millionaire has been using the name for his ISL club even though a legal and commercial dispute remains hanging over it. Now Lea may be close to sealing a deal with Martin Jenkinson and Andy Cooke.
19 Steelers powered easily past Danish opponents Blue Fox in a successful start in their hopes of conquering European hockey 5-3.
20 Mike Blaisdell men were behind until the 43rd minute when they finally cracked their resolute rivals defence. After that there was only one team in it, and they ran out 4-1 winners.
21 Sheffield stumbled to a shock defeat, and threw away the chance of advancing though to the semi final. A side of French skaters supported by just 6 imports won 4-3.
NOV
05 Sheffield fans who booed their ice hockey team twice in eight days have turned the House of Steel into the toughest place to play in British ice hockey. That's the view of plain speaking coach Mike Blaisdell, who is clearly unhappy about the reception his side has received in two out of their last three home games.
15 A senior executive of Ice Hockey Superleague admitted for the first time that the state of the domestic competition was perilous, although he believes it will survive its present state. Secretary Brian Storey, who is resigning after four years, has become the first high profile ISL figure to accept what everybody else has been saying for month, that the seven member league is "fragile".
27 STEELERS are back! Norton Lea ended months of confrontation today by signing a deal with the Cooke, Jenkinson, and Smith consortium (CJS) over the use of the name Steelers. But today the dispute was finally settled, and it could pave the way for a return of those'missing fans'. Around 1,000 supporters turned their back on ISL hockey in the city after the league awarded the franchise to Lea, rather than CJS, whom they had backed throughout the summer.
DEC
12 With injuries radically reducing the cast, the directors brought back former leading man Ron Shudra, once discarded as a bit-part actor an banished backstage. Norton Lee has given the green light for Ron Shudra to complete the rest of the year back on the ice with Sheffield Steelers.
27 Club's Man Steel--- This is the mascot who puts the steel in Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club this Christmas. Steeler Dan, reputed amongst the kids at Sheffield Arena to be made from girders and molten metal, entertained fans before the home game with Nottingham Panthers by staging his own fireworks and furnace display. It was a noisy colourful spectacle which also had a profound effect on the team- they went on to win the game.
29 Steelers 3 Bracknell 5 Four security guards were called to escort referee Nigel Boniface out of Sheffield Arena after a furious row continued from the ice to his dressing room after this latest home defeat. Boniface has been renamed Two-Faced by Steelers fans after this incredibly inept display which saw him ignore clear fouls by Bees players, yet dole out 84 minutes in penalties to Sheffield. Ryan Bach, Paul Kruse and coach Mike Blaisdell led the protests outside Boniface dressing room after the game.
YEAR 2002
JAN
28 Steelers owner Norton Lea has declined an invitation to discuss the possible sale of the club. An approach was made, before Christmas, by businessman Sid Butt, an associate of the consortium which took over from Darren Brown last year. Butt said "we asked Norton Lea if he was interested in talking to us again but he declined."
FEB
New Steelers signing Mark Dutiaume promised to rise to the challenge of being recognised as a Superleague quality player, following his experience in the lower British National League division.
APR
29 Steelers championship stars have had their cup-winning bonuses shelved, because of damage discovered to a majority of the player rental cars. The team that won the British Championship in March, Norton Lee said he was going to pay them £500 net, rather than the gross amount they had expected. Lee was "disappointed" to find out there had been varying amounts of damager done to around 13 of the 17 cars distributed to the two goaltenders and 15 skaters.
29 Darren Brown the one time owner of the Sheffield Steelers, Chesterfield FC, and the Sheffield Sharks is under Investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over his dealings at Chesterfield FC.
MAY
15 A consortium led by businessmen Martin Jenkinson and Andy Cooke, fronted by ex-Steeler Mike O'Connor, wants to install BNL side in the under-construction East End venue, to be called "Ice Sheffield".
16 Fraud Squad detectives have decided not to probe, in detail Darren Brown ownership of Sheffield Steelers. Instead they will concentrate their resources on Brown's acquisition and stewardship of Chesterfield FC.
AUG
Steelers re-sign Brebant, and Bobyck, and lose Shudra to Coventry, and Kruse to Belfast, also Longstaff to Manchester.
NOV
08 Britain's not-so-super Superleague was going to fold even before the collapse of two of the division,seven teams, The Star can reveal today. Cash stricken Manchester Storm an Scottish Eagles are dropping out, leaving Sheffield Steelers and just four others to carry on.Today the ISL's chief administrative officer, Brian Storey, declared that the remaining five clubs were "currently" intent on finishing the season.
15 The ISL recognise they cannot carry on with five teams and want to merge, in some way with the BNL. Some forward-thinking BNL teams will approve, but others will be afraid of the financial muscle of teams like Sheffield Nottingham, and Belfast. In the past, clubs like Edinburgh, Fife and Guildford have opposed Sheffield joining.
YEAR 2003
JAN
14 Whatever happened to Steelermania? That's the question Mike Blaisdell and Dave Simms want answering after both took the unusual step of criticising the club fans. Blaisdell is irritated that Steelers attendances have been unable to keep up with Belfast and Nottingham. He believes the supporters at Sheffield Arena are sometime not as vocal and passionate as they should be.
16 It could be one of the loudest gigs of the year at Sheffield Arena on Saturday. Sheffield Steelers fans have responded to criticism that they have become too quiet with a plan to raise the roof. Fan's groups have been working behind the scenes, and internet guest books have been buzzing, with plots to super- charge the atmosphere for the visit of Bracknell Bee.
21 Messiah and the great one return for night of nostalgia at the Arena. They were an integral part of the original Grand Slammers, and last night their contribution was celebrated with an official shirt-number retirement before a Steelers select squad took on their present (BNL) team Dundee.
FEB
06 Steelers sign ex NHL hot-shot Iain Fraser to end of season.
17 Sheffield Steelers owner Norton Lea, arrested in connection with a fraud investigation, was given a rousing reception by 2,000 travelling ice hockey fans last night. Millionaire Mr Lea, 75 who owned Chesterfield FC from 1987 until he sold it to Darren Brown in 2000 was quizzed by Derbyshire police in a long running inquiry into their financial affairs of the club. He was released on police bail pending further inquiries.
MAR
19 The Millionaire owner of Sheffield Steelers Has been cleared by police investigating the financial affairs of Chesterfield Football Club.
APR
02 Sheffield Steelers will be part of a minimum nine-strong Elite League next year, British ice hockey rulers announced. Norton Lea and other owners of clubs wanting to develop a new top-flight in the sport all paid £1000 at a meeting in Leicester yesterday to register their teams. The other teams to confirm their participation are Manchester, Belfast, London, Nottingham, Cardiff, Coventry, Basingstoke, and Glasgow.
MAY
16 Mike Blaisdell today accepted a new deal to coach Sheffield Steelers in the new Elite League. He has been awarded an improved salary which is likely to make him the highest paid coach in the UK sport.
19 'Rocket' Ron re-signs for Steelers on a two-year deal claiming the move represented the future rather than the past.
21 Skipper Marc Laniel has stunned Sheffield Steelers by telling fans "I've quit". Club management had no idea their unflappable defenceman was hanging up his skates.
JUN
06 Britain's new Elite Ice hockey League put a brave face on the fact they have lost one of their member club, only weeks after promising it would boast a nine team division. Today though, it was confirmed that plans to launch a team called the Glasgow Clan had been put on ice.
11 It may be one of the most prestigious trophies in the megabucks world of American sport but it started life in the backstreets of Sheffield more than 100 years ago. The Stanley cup, the ultimate prize in US ice hockey was made in Sheffield in 1892 and today 30 teams spend nine months of the year playing over 82 games competing to win it.
AUG
Steelers sign Ron Dopson and Gerad Adams, and re-sign Dion Darling
SEP
27 Steelers confirmed a triple transfer swoop of defenceman Kirk DeWaele and forward Mike Peron and Erik Anderson.
11 Elite league curtain-raiser between Sheffield Steelers and London Racers has been overshadowed by farce in the opposition camp. Racer high profile Canadian coach, Gary Carr took one look at his new club's organisational set-up and promptly flew back across the Atlantic.
18 Former Sheffield Steelers 'enforcer' Perry Doyle is recovering after being stabbed during a street fight. The 6ft 4ins tough exdefenceman, aged 30 was injured by a knife wielding attacker after getting into a fight in the Firth Park area of Sheffield, police say. He has undergone surgery to a wound in his side at the Northern General Hospital and has since been discharged.
NOV
26 Rob Dobson today explained why he is quitting Sheffield Steelers, the Canadian netminder originally arrived in Sheffield on the understanding he would play and be able to study at the city's Hallam University. Sadly, Hallam were unable to give him the course the 36 year-old wanted.
DEC
23 Steelers want Hull goaltender Pasi Raitanen to backstop their Elite League push in the Christmas home and away series with Nottingham Panthers. With Rob Dopson on his way home to Canada to start a new career, Sheffield need an experienced pro to fill in until they make a full time signing.
YEAR 2004
JAN
20 Sheffield Steeler sign new netminder Christian Bronsard.
FEB
13 Rick Brebant, who this week signalled his retirement from the British game, is the finest ice hockey player of the modern day era. So says Steelers coach Mike Blaisdell, as Brebant prepares to bring his Manchester Phoenix side to Sheffield.
JULY
06 Mike Blaisdell has quit Steelers for the love of his children. Speaking from his home in Canada, the ex-Sheffield coach said illness affecting his first wife had been the deciding factor on staying in his native country. Father of four Blaisdell, has two daughters from his first marriage and now needs to be more involved in child care.
07 Dave Simms reflects --- Circumstances change and Mike's decision has been made. I like all of you, wish Blazer the very best. We all, of course, wish he hadn't made this decision, and his timing certainly leaves a lot to be desired. Mike Blaisdell bought us great success, nine trophies in just four full seasons. What a record!
AUG
13 Rob Stewart is confirmed as the new Steelers coach, and if first big signing is to be a small man, 5ft 9ins Canadian centre Dan Tessier aged 25, from Orleans, Ontario.
SEPT
02 Norton Lea is again willing to discuss the sale of Sheffield Steelers, if was revealed as the championship winning club geared up for the new Elite League season. The ageing tycoon appears ready to part company with the club in favour of a younger man.
09 Steeler have told new coach Rob Stewart not to rely on Mike Blaisdell to fill the last two spots on the roster, ordering him to find the players himself. Norton Lee employed outgoing team boss Mike Blaisdell as head of recruitment, working from Canada, to assemble the team.
OCT
13 Norton Lea is ready to quit the club after a scathing attack on this leadership today by club captain Dion Darling. Darling lists a catalogue of complaints against the club but 77 year old Norton Lea defends his stewardship of the Steelers who have had one of the most successful spells in the club's history in his three year reign. Darling makes claims over --- Poor equipment ----The absence of a doctor to treat injured players---- Bad organisation off the ice------Unhappy, under performing players. Darling also claims the star centreman Mark Dutiaume quit because he was fed-up with off ice problems at the club.
29 Steelers owner Norton Lea is negotiating the sale of the ice hockey club with Chesterfield businessman Gary Apsley. The 41 year old father of two has been in secret talks with the millionaire owner for weeks. No details of the possible deal, worth around £300,000 were forthcoming today and Apsley a construction project boss, was uncontactable.
NOV
18 The £300,000 sale of Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club collapsed. Negotiations between owner Norton Lea and construction boss Gary Apsley broke down over the details of the handover. It was a massive blow not only for Gary Apsley, who had vision of promoting and commercially expanding the club,but also for captain Dion Darling and director Dave Simms,who had both publicly supported a change at the top.
25 Is this the player who has unwittingly held up the sale to buy Steelers. The Star revealed last week how builder Gary Apsley's dream's of buying the ice hockey club from Norton Lea had fallen through. One of the issues Apsley was concerned about was a potential court case and compensation claim involving British forward Marc Twaite. He played two games for Steelers in the 2001-02 season, then sustained a horribly dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and a bad collarbone injury in a freak training collision with the winger Scott Allison. Twaite career was finished, and he has been seeking compensation ever since.
DEC
01 Steelers recaptured star centreman Mark Dutiaume, after the 27 year old quit his Italian side Bolzano.
15 Steeler Dan walks out in protest against Steelers owner Norton Lea. "I will not go inside the stadium again while Norton Lea owns the club. says Dan". The company that owns the production rights and kit for the mascot fell out with the tycoon over sponsorship terms and he has withdrawn his labour.
YEAR 2005
Britain's best known ice hockey club and The Star jointly announced a new partnership with represents the coolest deal in local sport. The newspaper is the club's new title sponsors.
JAN
10 Brent Bobck's outstanding service to British ice hockey was rewarded by a bumper testimonial crowd' a good few quid and a bagful of memories last night.Steelers past and present took to the ice to bid farewell to the retiring winger who had played with loyalty honesty and the games most distinctive skating style.
FEB
01 Sheffield Steelers sacked coach Rob Stewart today in the hope that his instant replacement Paul Heavey will have the same inspirational affect as Mike Blaisdell once had at the club. Blazer took over British ice hockey's hot seat from mild mannered Don McKee
MAR
05 Steelers players have had a showdown with owner Norton Lea after threatening "industrial action" over alleged financial gripes. It was believed to involve salaries, housing bonds, expenses, gross and net pay differentials, and car insurances.
JUN
09 Ice hockey relations between Steelers and Panthers dropped to below zero today after former Grand Slam coach Mike Blaisdell announced he was to take over at Sheffield's biggest rivals. He's back at the club where he honed his coaching skills and that has met with a chilly response from his former Steeler's right-hand man, Dave Simms."we're deeply disappointed frankly," he said. But I imagine they have offered him a contract that, now dwarfs anything else going on here.
JULY
05 Nottingham Panther complete the signing of Steelers captain Dion Darling.
19 Controversial ice hockey entrepreneur Bob Phillips declared himself the new owner of Sheffield Steelers. Phillip who like Lea has had run-ins with hockey fans, says he and his company Arena Sports Cardiff are the new owners.
21 Resurgent Sheffield Steelers have signed the top goalie in the Elite League snatching Jody Lehman from all conquering Coventry Blaze.
AUG
16 The Star Sheffield Steelers got the news they most wanted to hear, mercurial centreman Mike Peron has recommitted for another season..
NOV
02 Steeler's owner Bob Phillips today told his coach that results were not good enough, and ordered the players to show more passion. Following the release yesterday of defenceman Regan Kelly, Phillips endorsed the removal of other player if team boss Paul Heavey thinks it would energise Steeler's lack-lustre league performances.
18 After the Steelers 4-2 win over the London Racers, the crowd were treated to the sight of Dave Simms being dunged in centre ice for Children in Need.
20 Coach Paul Heavey is sacked and Dave Whistle is put in control and Dennis Maxwell as player coach after London Racers is folded after rink safety problems.
23 Steeler's top points scorer Dan Ceman the first victim of the new bullish regime of player coach Dennis Maxwell. Ceman was fired for doing nothing wrong. He simply paid the price for being a work permit player a slot now filled by tough winger Maxwell.
YEAR 2006
JAN
12 Dave Whistle and Dennis Maxwell will lose their jobs if they fail to turn round the Steelers season owner Bob Phillips declared. The management pair will be dismissed at the end of the 2005-06 season unless they can change the woeful sequence of Elite League results and make a decent push for the Play-offs.
MAR
03 Dennis Maxwell's short lived career at The Star Sheffield Steelers has ended, he flies home to America on Thursday. The parting of the ways was inevitable after the Canadian criticised Steelers owner Bob Phillips in The Star last Saturday for demoting him from his unofficial role as player coach.
25 Jody Lehman criticisms of his Sheffield Steelers club sparked varying views among Sheffield high command today.Lehman accused players of failing to block shots and make hits all season, added that they were scared against Newcastle Vipers and claimed he would take a pay cut to play for a winning team next year.
MAY
17 Steelers pulled off the signing coup of the close season so far. In a league now hugely influenced by the quality of British performers, Sheffield poached Jonathan Phillips from Cardiff Devils.
JULY
21 Sheffield Steelers coach Dave Whistle has left the club in the lurch by sensationally quitting his two year contract with the club. Whistle who took over in the middle of last season, stunned owner Bob Phillip by declaring he was going to work in college ice hockey in Canada. Phillips quickly replaced Whistle with one of his former lieutenants, ex Belfast Bracknell and Cardiff forward Dave Matsos who becomes new first year head coach.
AUG
02 Steelers top summer transfer target Dan Tessier signed for Steelers today.
Goaltender Judy Lehman, Rod Sarich re-sign for second season.
07 Ron Shudra signs for Scimitars.
YEAR 2007
JAN
31 Ryan Finnerty signs for Steelers, replaces Brett Clouthier who is released.
MAR
01 Steelers were today completing the signing of 40 year old centre Vezio Sacratini.
29 Steelers owner Bob Phillip has sold his other ice hockey club Cardiff Devils, it was revealed today. He said, "It really was a tough decision but with the need to focus on building the Sheffield Steelers brand. I can no longer spend any more time assisting Cardiff Devils going forward, but the club will be in extremely safe hands with the new owners."
APR
Dave Matsos has re-signed his British pack Mark Thomas, Jason Hewitt, Jonathan Phillips, and Warren Tait.
MAY
09 Steelers pulled off one of the biggest signing in their history. The Sheffield club signalled the intent to seriously challenge for the major trophies by signing the champion's captain Coventry Blaze inspiring right wing Ashley Tait.
Steelers improve squad by signing Steve Munn, Ryan Finnerty,and Jeff Legue.
JUN
08 Joey Talbot was recruited by Sheffield Steelers to fill the boots of leading scorer Shaun Sutter. Sutter's wage demands for a second season at the Arena were considered too high for the club.
19 Rod Sarich today revealed his love life had influenced his decision to sign on for a third term with Sheffield Steelers. The 26-year-old Canadian defenceman whose name had been linked with European clubs, is dating a Sheffield women, Becky, and their relationship has had a strong bearing on his decision to return.
JULY
19 Sheffield Steelers will start the new season with a sponsorship package which will earn them close to £250,000. Yesterday the club publicly unveiled an agreement with new title sponsors Liberate, a private sector outsourcing company that works alongside the city council in administrative, financial and IT fields.
AUG
19 Today Jonathan Phillips spoke for the first time about the controversial switch to make him captain and led Maltby to play under him until he eventually retired from the club."I don't know if I was more nervous or excited after Dave Matsos gave me such a huge honour," he said.
YEAR 2008
JAN
06 Even in the often-crazy 17 year history of Sheffield Steelers nothing like this has ever happened. Owner Bob Phillips, beyond frustration after a 0-4 home defeat by an average Manchester side walked into the dressing room and announced the entire club staff including general manager Mike O'Connor, coach Dave Matsos were on two weeks notice. Get it right, and quickish, or you could all be off, was the warning.
MAR
07 Sheffield Steelers are planning to quit the city and become tenants of a 5,000 seater twin-pad ice rink to be built at Rother Valley Country Park. The ice hockey club which has had frosty relations with their Sheffield Arena landlords over dates and rent prices, hope to move into Rotherham borough in around 2010. Their rink is envisages as part of the £350m YES! (Yorkshire Entertainment Sensation) project the "biggest undercover leisure and entertainment destination " in Europe.
13 Dave Matsos today signed a new two year contract with Sheffield Steelers with his job description being headed with the phrase. Win the League title!.
22 Steelers owner Bob Phillips will be able to concentrate fully on his Sheffield ice hockey franchise from now on. His family interest in Elite League rivals Cardiff Devils owned by his wife Maraini will soon be over after the pair negotiated the Welsh club's sale to local businessmen Matt Burge, a current sponsor, and Shannon Hope, a former player.
JULY
06 Ron Shudra was today confirmed as Sheffield Scimitars new player-coach , and immediately signalled that the end of his days on the ice are just one season away."Rocket" takes over the helm from Neil Abel at the English Premier League outfit.
08 Dave Matsos will eventually be head-hunted away from Sheffield Steelers, owner Bob Phillips believes. The club proprietor fears that in "two or three years" Matsos will be made an offer he cannot refuse, either in Europe or back home in his native north America.
18 Ashley Tait has some bad news for rival Elite League defences he could be around until he is FORTY! The Sheffield steelers marksman turns 33 next month but is in no rush to contemplate hanging up the skates.
AUG
19 Andrew Sharp said he was ready to fight Elite League biggest heavyweights and also battle it out with his own Sheffield Steelers team mates for a regular spot on the side.
DEC
Ron Shudra was today confirmed as Sheffield Scimitars new player-coach , and immediately signalled that the end of his days on the ice are just one season away."Rocket" takes over the helm from Neil Abel at the English Premier League outfit.
16 Andrew Sharp could have played his last game for Sheffield Steelers. The Elite League is to review the player's conduct after he got involved in an on ice riot at Cardiff Devils and struck a linesman with his stick. The enforcer was immediately handed two match penalties and three games for leaving the bench, spearing, physical abuse of the official and fighting. The league automatically reviews match penalties and will be aware that Devils coach Gerad Adams is calling for a 20 game ban.
20 Steelers tough guy Andrew Sharp has been banned for 20 games, as feared for his violent conduct at the end of the recent Cardiff Devils v Steelers game. Sharp's future at the club could now be in the balance.
YEAR 2009
JAN
02 Steelers are going to make an early contract offer to try and persuade Dave Matsos to remain as head coach at Sheffield. The Arena senior managers desperately want to keep the Canadian, whether or not his team wins the Elite League before he is inevitably poached by a north American team.
07 Sheffield Steelers owner Bob Phillips picked out roaming defenceman Sarich and exciting forward Dowd as key components to the team which currently tops the Elite League by seven points.
FEB
20 Steelers players will light the blue touchpaper and stand well back on Sunday. For their fast-fisted forward Andrew Sharp returns to the ice after a 20 game ban following a spearing incident in which a linesman as hurt at Cardiff Devils last December.
MAR
03 Dave Matsos is well aware that the playing machine that could deliver him the British championship this coming weekend will almost certainly lose some of its key components next season. But the unflappable Sheffield Steelers coach says" Easy come easy go, if stars quit, we'll just sign new one's".
13 Steelers will spare a thought for missing teammate Jeff Legue tomorrow night. Jeff will be missing from their triumphant league win homecoming against Cardiff Devils as he spends time with his terminally ill father in Canada. The fact Legue remained in Sheffield until the title was won, before going back across the Atlantic. has not been lost on teammates. Forward Ryan Finnerty said"Everybody on the team was happy that we finished the league early so Jeff could go home".
25 Steelers fans are being kicked out of the seats they've been sitting in for years. To save on the cleaning bill. More than 120 season ticket holders who sit behind the goal in the Steelers 'home end' have been informed the area is to be netted off next season.
26 Sheffield Steelers and Rotherham Council teamed up to illustrate their confidence that the planned new rink and £350m YES! Project, scheduled for Rother Valley Country Park, will still go ahead, despite the credit crunch. Both sides are convinced developers Oak Holdings will still finance the 327 acre project.
MAY
01 Ice Hockey legend Ron Shudra has signalled the end of an era by quitting as player coach of Sheffield Scimitars after just one season in charge. The former NHL star, Steelers best loved ex player, will instead coach his son and teammates in the junior ranks at under-12s.
AUG
10 Steelers today defended their decision to drop the word 'Sheffield' from their name for the first time since the club was formed 18years ago. The switch is tied in with new sponsors and the move, scheduled for two years time, to a new purpose built rink in Rother Valley. The champions, are now calling themselves The Field Electrical Steelers. That may not go down well with some Sheffielders, who are yet to embrace the move over the 'border' into Rotherham. Asked about the change, general manager Mike O'Connor said"It's a great deal for the club.
17 Star readers and Sheffield Steelers fans today forced a public U-Turn from the ice hockey club hierarchy. So many critics put their name to save our Sheffield Steelers coverage and the fans own website forum that it persuaded club management to climb down this morning.
OCT
29 The Sheffield coach prepared one of his most punishing training sessions of both pre and regular season as a gesture of his contempt at the recent form. Matsos knows the recent contract extension he signed with Steelers management won't be worth the paper it is written on unless his team starts winning matches. For the first time since he joined the club, taking them to a glorious double winning championship last year, he is talking about the fragility of his position.
NOV
27 Sheffield Steelers have received praise from all around the league for their victorious Continental Cup endeavours in Italy where they won HYS THE Hague 4-3, HDK Stavbar Maribor 5-4 and Bolzano Bozen Foxes 4-3
YEAR 2010
JAN
15 Murdered by Minsh, they might have been. Savaged by Salzburg they certainly were. But while Sheffield Steelers return home from France with only the consolation prize of a bronze medal they can also pack in their kitbags some renewed belief in themselves.
FEB
05 Steelers coach Dave Matsos fate will be resolved at the end of the season, " It has been pretty dire this season and my sympathy is with our poor fans" the Welsh businessman told the Star."There are six weeks left, we are still looking for players and we will see how it goes"." As far as changes at the top end, changing horses mid-stream can come back and bite you. We will have the same personal until this season is over," said Phillips.
MAR
23 There is not a British Ice hockey atmosphere anything like that of Sheffield Arena, when it's full to overflowing. Last Saturday saw an Elite League record of 8,634 people cheering Steelers on to a rousing 8-2 win over rivals Nottingham Panthers. The gate was swelled by the 'Ron Shudra factor' the former captain returning to have his shirt officially retired.
APR
03 Bob Phillips described the season as "a mess". Now, he has warned anybody thinking of joining the side next year "If any one single person is not pulling their weight from day one next season, they will be replaced without a thought other than doing what is best for our team.
MAY
28 Sheffield Steelers ice hockey club's operating company is going bust. The Star can reveal today. Yorkshire Sport(YS) called Insolvency Practitioners Wilson Fields after becoming unable to pay their debts. There is an underlying dispute relating to a sponsorship, but all player wages have been paid. There is confusion over exactly what happened to season ticket money paid by fans before the collapse of Sheffield Steelers operating company Yorkshire Sport(YS).
JUN
25 Steelers owner Bob Phillips last night assured 200 fans that a "little bit of a hiccup" , his description of the liquidation of the club's operating company, would not endanger their season ticket money. Speaking at a forum at Abbeydale Sports Club he said" The money is in safe hands." Phillips accepted there had been a 'mis-wording' on Steelers website that the money had been "ringfenced" from the liquidator, explaining the cash was in a Steelers " trust account"which could not be touched.
JULY
09 Steelers owner Bob Phillips has been stunned by the resignation of almost his entire staff. Co-founder Dave Simms, who has piloted the club since 1991, coach Dave Matsos and general manager Mike O'Connor have all refused to work with Phillips, following the liquidation of two operating companies running the club in the last five years. A joint statement read, "It is with sadness and regret that the management team on O'Connor, Matsos, and Simms have decided to resign from the club with immediate effect. They will be joined by office manager Betty Waring and promotions and marketing assistant Luke McDonald. O'Connor, Matsos and Simms advised Bob Phillips of their decision on Wednesday.
15 Sheffield Steelers is up for sale. Owner Bob Phillips has agreed to sell Steelers after weeks of criticism from fans, sponsors and creditors. A stumbling block may be how much Phillips wants for the club he bought for around £200,000 from Norton Lea , the former Chesterfield FC owner who may also fancy taking over again.
16 Bob Phillip decision to sell Sheffield Steelers will have put creditors of two of his failed companies on red alert. Phillips still owes an estimated £150,000 to creditors of his doomed South Yorkshire Ice Hockey Franchise Ltd in 2005.
19 Sheffield Steelers owner Bob Phillips is blaming the management team that walked out on him of being guilty of incidents of poor administration and financial bungling. Bob Phillip, who is selling the club after two Steelers operating companies went into liquidation, last month promised hundreds of fans at a public forum in Abbeydale that their 2010/11 season ticket money was safely held in a "Trust account". But, last week, Phillips was forced to write to fans saying that 'volunteers' in the club office had now discovered that season ticket money HAD gone into YS by mistake and" against strict instructions". Cheques made out by fans to Sheffield Steelers had been banked in YS trading as Sheffield Steelers "He admitted " Sadly that money is now lost to the club forever.
24 Steelers owner Bob Phillips is turning to one time Cardiff Devils compatriot Try Walkington as a possible new Sheffield coach. With Steve Munn turning him down this week, Phillips needs to find someone to run the 2010/11 team, and help him with some administrative tasks as he attempts to sell the club.
28 Steelers owner Bob Phillips says he has taken the club off the market and also signed a new player coach. The Welshman says ex NHL centre Ben Simon will take over coaching reins from Dave Matsos. While The player has yet to sign a contract, Phillips said Simon was a "100 per cent certainty" to join up.
30 Steeler owner Bob Phillips stepped down today. He said he was walking away from duties as non executive chairman and his wife Maraini would be general manager of the club. We have an outstanding player in Ben Simon coming in to take over as player/coach and a well respected explayer in Neil Abel running the bench, Ben has been in contact with most of the players and has been given their commitment to return.
AUG
02 Sheffield Steelers have yet to sign an agreement for ice time at the Arena for the season which starts with a home game in 34 days time. Recently, owner Bob Phillips admitted the club's relationship with their landlords was "not great".
18 Steelers coach Ben Simon says his team will mirror his own personal hard work ethic when it take to the ice on September 4." There are many intangibles that are out of your control as a player, but the one thing you can absolutely control is your attitude and your work ethic".
21 Dave Simms told nearly 200 fans at a forum in Dronfield this week that he had been "gutted" to quit alongside general manager Mike O'Connor and coach Dave Matsos, but he still felt it had been the right thing to do. Simms made a number of other public criticisms, but also went out of his way to persuade fans to continue to support the club. "Owners come and go, but fans should support the shirt. We, the fans, own the hockey club, not any one person. Ben Simon comes across well and has my support."
OCT
30 Sheffield Steelers owners say they have banked a £100,000 investment which will help secure the club to the end of the season. And Bob and Maraini Phillips claim further cash injections from the same source are available to them at any time. The announcement may go some way to allaying the fears of fans who have seen two Steelers operating companies liquidated in the past five years.
NOV
02 Steelers owners Bob and Maraini Phillips have vowed to defend themselves amidst a police investigation into their financial conduct. Police said they were investigating whether a personal debt had been paid by company money. Mr Phillips told the Star that he and his wife had "loaned hundred of thousands of pounds to this club over the years, any money we have used is our money." Asked specifically how much they have put into the club, he replied "£700,000, £800,000. I don't know, well in excess of half a million." The couple say they do not currently take a penny in salary out of the club.
DEC
22 Bob Phillips controversial reign as owner of Sheffield Steelers is over, he is selling the club to Secret Millionaire Paul Regan for around £90.000. The 43 year old relative newcomer to hockey is owner of Elite League rivals Cardiff Devils, the club ironically which Phillips once owned. He told the Star "The club isn't worth anything as it is really. I is a lost making business because the crowds have dropped. But I am spending my money on the basic of what it will be, not what it is" he said.
27 New Steelers owner Paul Regan was on the end of an acrimonious exchange of words as this team beat Nottingham Panthers 6-3 last night. The multi-millionaire businessman, who earlier had been barracked by Panthers fans when he introduced himself on ice to the near 6,000 Sheffield Arena crowd, had hit back by jokingly referring to them as a small club. But after the match, when he went to shake the hand of Nottingham official Gary Moran, he was meet by loud criticism for making a "cheap shot" An embarrassing shouting match developed as newly installed PR Dave Simms sought to intervene.
YEAR 2011
JAN
21 Steelers today unveiled another new owner and this one is made in Sheffield. Tony Smith boss of Eckington based Rhino Sports manufacturers has acquired a 15 per cent stake in Ring Corp, the company that holds the right of Steelers and Cardiff Devils.
27 Steelers new owner Paul Regan has no intention of adopting the one time club dream of a new rink in Rother Valley Country Park. But Regan had little intention on moving Steelers to any new rink there. He told the Star , "I knew nothing about it until the week before last. As far as I was aware , the Yes! Project is more likely the 'One day in a million years time project.'
28 Former Sheffield Steelers owner Bob Phillips has been declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy has come quickly Phillips, aged 58, was only served with the petition on Christmas Eve.
MAR
22 Dave Simms has apologised to fans for using a swear word during 'banter' at the end of Sunday's Elite league trophy win. Speaking on a microphone to 6,000 Sheffield Arena fans,Simms said he hoped vanquished opponents Braehead Clan would beat those 'b******s'of Nottingham Panthers in the Play-off quarter finals.
APR
06 Ben Simon has quit Sheffield Steelers two days after the end of a glorious season in which he delivered the Elite League title. The highly principled player coach felt the new salary offered to him the biggest single slice in a reduced overall player's budget left too little room for the rest of his players. Club owner Paul Regan insists the club must not bust the wage cap, as it had done at the beginning of the season, to accommodate him. Simon could not be a "special case" he said.
07 Sheffield Steelers have signed Ryan Finnerty as their new player coach, the lighting fast appointment coming just two days after league winning boss quit. Finnerty comes from the club owner Paul Regan's other club, Cardiff Devils although he was a fan's favourite in Sheffield for two and a half years.
08 Ryan Finnerty believes his best chance of success as new Sheffield Steelers player coach is in retaining his top British players, yet he's been hit with an early setback over want away Rob Dowd. Dowd appears to have agreed terms with Belfast Giants and is probably the first Steeler to move elsewhere.
13 Rival coach Paul Thompson says he did the honourable thing in permitting Sheffield Steelers to recruit Ryan Finnerty even though he'd signed him first. Thompson is Steelers unlikely Fairy Godmother as Finnerty, now installed as Steelers player coach, originally signed for Thompson's Coventry Blaze three weeks ago.
JUN
14 Globke thought he had a two year contract with the club. He said, "they said my contract for the second year was void, and they were not going to honour it, I was told it was signed under a different management team.
24 Sheffield Steelers latest management company has called in insolvency practitioners, with the loss of 16 jobs. Rink Corp is run by millionaire Paul Regan, owner of Steelers and Cardiff Devils. It is not clear how much Rink Corp owes, or whether Sheffield based staff are at risk. The company must now call a meeting of those creditors a process sponsor's and business associates have witnessed far too often.
27 Troubled tycoon Paul Regan today hit back at criticism for liquidating Sheffield Steelers management company , and turned his anger on title winning player coach Ben Simon. Regan has declined to discuss financial details of why he closed Rink Corp, which managers Steelers and his other club Cardiff Devils, a move that has unsettled some fans. But in a surprise attack on the outgoing Simon appears to point the finger at the way Sheffield was run last season.
28 Steelers championship winning player coach Ben Simon responded to a startling attack by his former boss Paul Regan. Simon told the Star "I firmly believe that I left Steelers in a far better state than when I took the job"."I sincerely hope the team finds a way out of this,(liquidation) and does it the right way. The players and fans deserve the best". Simon says he has no desire to get in a slanging match with Regan.
30 Steelers are celebrating a preseason triumph 100 season tickets have been snapped up already . That's a three year high, built on last season's Elite League championships win and the recruitment of popular player coach Ryan Finnerty.
JULY
20 Pressure from Sheffield Steeler fans has led to co-owner Paul Regan handing over majority shareholding to his Sheffield based partner Tony Smith, aged 47. The move, which now sees Smith with 51 per cent of the shares, will be seen to further distance Wales based millionaire Regan, who owns Cardiff Devils.
AUG
10 New Sheffield Steelers owner Tony Smith has defied the economic pressure on his club and CUT attendance prices. Former owner Paul Regan triggered controversy at the end of last season when he announced some prices would be going up. But Smith has been carrying out a review of the one time cash crippled club's pricing structure and believes Steeler's tickets can come down.
20 Secret millionaire Paul Regan's secret is out he has nothing to do with Sheffield Steeler any more. Smith said" Regan has been bought out. The 100 per cent shareholding has been agreed to be transferred across, not straight away but the paper work is in place and we have shaken hands on a deal. Paul has been very good about this, he has agreed a deal to move out of Sheffield and the finance deal will take care of itself".
23 AGE (and a fair few beers the night before) may have wearied them. But the veteran players who came from all corners of the world to celebrate Sheffield Steelers 20th anniversary did themselves and the club proud over the weekend. Saturday's Legends game watched by 4,600 fans,was a heart warming stroll back to the good old days, with the famous unit of Tommy Plommer, Les Millie, and Tim Cranston back in their proper order, Alex Dampier ruling the bench and Ron Shudra marshalling forces on ice.
NOV
25 It cost Steelers owner Tony Smith a cool £10,000 to send Steelers to what was ultimately a disappointing trip with the Continental Cup in Denmark. Whether he got his money's worth, will depend on how the team reacts to the experience one which saw them lose all three games HC Asiago 4-3 Herning Blue Fox 3-0, and Duraujvaros Bulls 6-3.
DEC
06 One night I was a fit Steelers star, the next I was like a 90 year old. Rod Sarich on the horror injury which saw him lose part of a kidney. Sarich said " Is it worth playing ice hockey and sustaining these sort of blows? I think about it a bit, I don't think it's put me off the game but it makes you question it. We're not earning millions . I guess my conclusion is that I must like playing hockey!".
YEAR 2012
MAR
29 Some Sheffield Steelers fans have rounded on the club after coach Ryan Finnerty sacked popular Canadian winger Colt King. Finnerty says he did it for the best reasons, but has declined to go into detail.
30 Colt King has shown a sense of dignity after being axed from Sheffield Steelers line up. The Canadian wing tweeted,"I'd like to thank everyone for all the kind and supportive messages I've received. it was a honour and a privilege to wear a Steelers jersey".
MAY
15 Steelers believe they have signed one of the most exciting wingers they have had at the club in years. Cory Pecker, a former AHL regular who has been playing for four years in Switzerland, is regarded as a guaranteed goal scorer and set up man.
JUN
14 John DeCaro the goalie who walked out on Steelers for a bigger pay packet in Norway has had second thoughts, and told his prospective employers that he will be staying in Sheffield after all.
Sheffield Steelers top close season target. Jade Galbralth has ended speciation about his future by re-signing for Braehead Clan as player coach.
JULY
Coach Ryan Finnerty has bagged ex NHL game veteran Steven Goertzen on a two year contract, the player lured partly by a free educational package.
AUG
It must be the shortest contract in the history of Ice hockey. Steelers have had to release Adam Huxley from his deal after he was in for less than 48 hours. Finnerty revealed Adam has had a change of(personal/family) circumstances which means that he has to remain in North America.
OCT
Cory Pecker paid the price for Sheffield Steelers mini form dip with his job yesterday. The coach is sending a message to the others that nothing other than 100 per cent will suffice. Certainly the 31 year old Canadian form has not been eye catching. Right from the beginning Pecker looked out of shape
Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty has had to accept defeat in a sensational attempt to unite the Sarich brothers. The NHL lockout has presented an opportunity for Elite League teams to take players from the worlds top division on short term deal. But Steelers had to settle for Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Tom Sestito It was a tempting thought in Finnerty mind before he secured Sestito.
NOV
Sheffield Steelers are drafting in another import forward in Simon Ferguson which may be a relief to fans considering the form of their temporary NHL winger Tom Sestito
Tony Smith delivered an extraordinary rant on "scumbags" fans who falsely tried to get into the Sheffield rink on concessional rates. Smith said 'low life scroungers' were trying to get in on the cheap something that made him 'feel sick'.
DEC
Colin Shields consumed with misery during some stages of his 30 games career at Sheffield Steelers, quit the club to avoid being a distraction to his team mates the player said. I was very surprised said coach Ryan Finnerty it happened so quickly.
YEAR 2013
MAR
Sheffield Steelers will be talking to Jessica Ennis coach Toni Minichiello about an off ice role at the club for next season. Owner Tony Smith is adamant he doesn't want his team left in the blocks in the 2013/14 campaign.
APR
04 The search is underway for Ryan Finnerty's replacement after the Sheffield Steelers coach was axed. Owner Tony Smith talked of having a "heavy heart" after being left with no alternative" but to let Finnerty go.
09 Sheffield Steelers will unveil Doug Christiansen as their new coach today. They offered the 6ft 5ins American a two year contract only hours after his current team Belfast Giants lost in the Play off final to Nottingham Panthers. Tony said" Doug Christiansen has been left in no doubt that he will be given the same amount of time as his predecessor to prove his worth at Sheffield Steelers.
MAY
Ashley Tait is leaving Sheffield Steelers. The veteran Great British skater who has served the club with distinction for five seasons is looking for a new berth following the arrival on new coach Doug Christiansen.
JUN
Sheffield Steelers have failed in a remarkable bid to bring Colt King back, the player they fired just 15 months ago.
JULY
All 12,500 seats are being ripped out and replaced,at the Arena, toilets are being rebuilt, energy efficient lighting installed and external concourse doors will be replaced.
Millionaire Paul Regan must be cursing his look right now. The Cardiff Devils boss who once owner Sheffield Steelers was unable to persuade goalie Frank Doyle to sign for Devils when the Welsh club, lost a university sponsorship package. This allowed Sheffield Steelers to swoop for the Canadian.
Marc Lefebvre ended an eight year break from Sheffield Steelers to sign as new assistant coach.
Steelers new coach Doug Christiansen pipped Panthers Cory Neilson to the part time post as GB head coach.
SEP
Sarich was never part of the plans of incoming coach Doug Christiansen. "It doesn't feel great when someone tells you they don't want you anymore " said Sarich. " It wasn't what I'd hoped for, I thought I had a few more seasons to offer".
OCT
Sheffield Steelers coach Doug Christiansen has returned to America following the death of his father Keith. The coach said " I have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. My father work ethic, values and guidance has helped to shape the man that I am today."
YEAR 2014
FEB
The merry-go-round of ice hockey transfers took a strange turn today - Sheffield Steelers assistant coach Mark Lefebvre leaving the club to take over the reins at troubled Coventry Blaze. Coach Matt Soderstrom was fired by the Midlands side last night only a few hours after their team were beaten 5-1 by Lefebvre’s Sheffield. Lefebvre was offered the post last night. It was an obvious step-up and he didn’t think twice.
Sheffield Steelers sacked Doug Christiansen this afternoon. He was dismissed less than half-way through his two year contract at the Arena. The head coach, who arrived from Belfast Giants last year, paid the ultimate price for last night’s 5-3 home defeat by big rivals Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup semi final, which came on top of some fairly average form in the League. The 35-year-old American clearly did not present owner Tony Smith with the formula he wants.
One player has spoken, behind closed doors, of a “black cloud being lifted. ” Another is looking forward to playing without being “shackled” by Christiansen’s precise and keenly-observed personal coaching manual. Some talk of “over-coaching.”
27 Gerad Adams will hold a meeting with his new Sheffield Steelers team this afternoon as his first step in trying to bring back the trophy-winning days. Adams was confirmed as coach and his immediate task was to find out how to turn an inconsistent side into Play Off winners. On Saturday, he will have a baptism of fire in a league match at Nottingham Panthers - but it is a challenge he is relishing. Steelers’ owner Tony Smith commented: “Gerad is the perfect fit, short term and maybe long term. He is keen to show us that he is our long term answer. I was looking for a man who could put the fire back into Steelers hockey. Someone to extract the passion that I want to see game in and game out.
MAR
The coach’s future at the club could depend on getting to the final four in Nottingham and doing well there.But he is not spending too much mental energy thinking about that. “OccasionalLy it crops up, but I shoot it out of my mind because I don’t want to be worried about anything - worrying is not going to help. And since my accident (badly broken leg after a roof fall)I have been looking at things in a different way.”
APR
01 The team goes into battle this evening against Coventry Blaze, hoping to secure a Play Off semi final place. They lead 3-2 from the first leg.But they will be without Legue, who underwent a three and a half hour operation at the University Hospital, Coventry on Sunday.Legue was accidentally hit in the face by a puck shot by linemate Chris Blight.The puck smashed his cheekbone just below his ear - and also broke his chin. He has had two metal plates fitted.
15 Sheffield Steelers today signed present stand-in coach Gerad Adams on a two-year contract offer after he revolutionised their fortunes with a sensational Play Off final win against the champions, last night.Adams managed to turn an out-of-sorts, unpredictable team into Play Off finalists... and then steered them to a dramatic underdog victory over a crack Belfast.Only a few short weeks ago, Adams inherited an unbalanced team riddled with inconsistency and with a fragile psychology.He turned that melancholy outfit into one that wanted to have fun - and win.Last night,they repaid him. In full. Drew Fata scored a cracking overtime winner to bring the Play Off trophy back to Sheffield Arena.Afterwards Adams said he was “jumping out of my skin” with happiness, but felt the win belonged to players and staff who had been there all season.He said “a number of factors” were involved in him signing for Sheffield next year, but he felt the organisation was a “first class one” in the way they treated players.
Jeff Legue has confirmed his move from Sheffield Steelers to Steeldogs,and says his physical condition played a part in the switch. “I’m older than I was,the body doesn’t heal as quickly as it once did” says the forward who fractured his jaw last season. “You never want to admit it when the time comes but the time came. It was one of those days you never wanted to arrive. Playing for the Steelers is a full time job. It is seven days a week full-on.
MAY
Veteran Steelers blue liner Mark Thomas is delighted at Rod Sarich’s return. But captain Steven Goertzen will not be returning to the club next season.On Sarich,Thomas said: “I could never understand why we didn’t re-sign Roddy last year. He is a player who makes a difference and a key on the power-play.“I don’t think the year off will have effected him at all. He is super fit and now probably so motivated to come back better than ever before.“All the players will be happy to see him back; he is a Steeler through and through.
JUN
Sheffield Steelers’ coach Gerad Adams has signed another former Cardiff Devils star, Jay Latulippe, succeeded in luring the 32-year-old American, who iced for Cardiff 2008-10.Speaking after making his first import forward signing of the Summer, Adams said: “He is my type of player. He competes every night and is hard to play against. He will bring us energy and is just the kind of players other teams don’t like against them
JULY
The Motorpoint Arena could be a little more entertaining next season after the Steelers confirmed the signing of 32 year old Canadian Pascal Morency. The 5’10 200lb winger is know to be an aggressive agitator who will be the heartbeat of the team.“I’ve known about and followed Pascal for many years” said head coach Gerad Adams “I knew one day I’d get the chance to sign him and when that chance came along I jumped“The one word everyone tells you about this man is “Enthusiasm”for the game, the his team mates , for team play. Pascal plays with an edge, he will bring us some “screw you”.
26 Sheffield Steelers today made the most astonishing signing in their history- a spot-fixing cheat.Canadian Tyler Mosienko bet against his own team, in January this year. He and others were exposed and shown the door at Esbjerg, Denmark.The 30-year-old had joined in a plot to place bets that his own team would concede at least once in the first period of a specific game - they conceded three, ending up losing 7-4. Further “unethical” bets on other games were made by team-mates, according to Danish press. But, in a huge irony, the whistle was blown when goalie Ervin Muštukovs - a former Sheffield Steeler - was approached to take part and alerted the authorities. Other team-mates who were not in the know, including another ex-Sheffielder Shawn Limpright, were furious.Spot-fixing, where a specific part of a game is rigged for financial benefit, is outlawed. Mosienko was banned for five games and fined around £500. He left to play in Alaska, reportedly saying: “My life is in ruins.”
AUG
07 Sheffield Steelers recruited a four-year AHL defenceman today as coach Gerad Adams completed his wholesale transformation of the play off champions. American Cullen Eddy, 25, signed a two-year contract after leaving Adirondack Phantoms, an affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.His arrival completes the 2014-15 roster which bears only a passing similarity to the team that won the Play Offs.Eddy is the stay-at-home blue liner who the club hopes to play with the steely resolve illustrated by former heroes Steve Munn and Dion Darling.He is only 6ft, but, says Adams: “he brings an edge.”The coach said: “This is an AHL d-man who will bring added toughness. His main responsibility was defence in the AHL, but over here we will see him jump in the play too.”Eddy said: “This will be a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to joining a winning franchise in England.”
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Tyler Mosienko’s recent past came back to haunt him today - and his new Sheffield Steelers’ team. The Canadian centre, 30, was sacked by his Danish team Esbjerg last season after he and others were involved in spot-fix betting against his own side. The player was also banned for five matches.But the club ditched him before that kicked in - and as the Elite League is sanctioned by the IIHF, he will now have to serve the suspension here.Mosienko, who was free to ice in last weekend’s friendlies against Coventry Blaze, looked a lively addition to the squad. He is devastated by the suspension - and has told The Star in the past that after apologising for his mistake, he wanted to put it behind him and move on. The player will miss games against Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants, among others, before coming back against Devils at Sheffield Arena on September 27.
04 Sheffield Steelers’ dismay at the suspension of new import Tyler Mosienko was eased today by the signing of one of the biggest characters to have played in British ice hockey.Devin DiDiomete who engaged in some lively twitter wars with fans and opposition players during a torrid spell at Cardiff Devils, has earned “an initial short term” contract with the Play Off champions, who are coached by his old Devils’ team-mate Gerad Adams.Adams said: “We will see a very different Deeds. He isn’t the player I had two years ago.This short term arrangement works for us both, he knows our situation with Mosienko and is looking to showcase himself in Europe.
Engineers remain confounded after two weeks working on Sheffield Arena’s leaking ice pad.Chunks of concrete have been dug up as experts look for a leak in one of the five miles of piping that runs up and down the pad.Sheffield Steelers, who have had to switch Sunday’s game with Fife Flyers to the 1,500 capacity iceSheffield, have been deluged by calls from fans angry that they won’t see the start of the home season.The leak has yet to be located, let alone mended. And that could put Steelers game against champions Belfast Giants in danger on September 21.Club owner Tony Smith said: “An awful lot of Steelers fans are unhappy and I cannot blame them.”
17 Sheffield Steelers have been dealt their most serious set-back so far after the Arena told them a third match scheduled for the venue cannot go ahead. Yesterday, the club were ‘confident’ Sunday’s visit by Belfast Giants would be at the Arena. Sadly that was misplaced.While the leak appears to have been mended, it has taken longer than anticipated to pump five tons of the synthetic liquid glycol through the miles of piping under the concrete floor. Steelers now hope to play the game at iceSheffield.
27 Sheffield Steelers went ahead with a highly-unusual goal against Cardiff tonight but faded and eventually lost on penalty shots.Forney and Tyler Mosienko missing their’s, Jake Morissette and Martin converting at the other end.It wasn’t supposed to be like this - after all it was the “homecoming” to Sheffield Arena after missing two matches due to a pad leak.But that’s sport.
OCT
Sheffield Steelers are delighted to confirm the short term signing of GB international Ben O'Connor.Ben is the son of former Steeler and now clubs commercial manager Mike O'Connor. Ben O'Connor was released by Arlan (Kazakhstan) and returns to the UK today in time to play this weekends games for the Steelers against the Cardiff Devils.Head coach Gerad Adams said "we are delighted to be able to sign Ben. I will be keeping hold of Ben for as long as I can but expect him to be moving back to Europe very shortly.It's an incredible pick up for us and one that happened out of the blue. Ben is an extremely talented young man with a Steelers hero as his Father".Before leaving Kazakhstan O'Connor said "I'm so excited and can't wait to get home see my Dad and put a Steelers uniform on. It will be a dream come true to wear that shirt. I remember Dad wearing it when I was a kid and thinking that one day I wanted to play at the arena like he did for the Steelers".
28 Ben O’Connor put his heart before his head today and signed a surprise long-term contract with Sheffield Steelers.It is an extraordinary coup for the club. And at a time when most professional sportsmen put cash before everything else it’s also a tribute to one young man’s attachment to his boyhood club.O’Connor will now remain with the club for the three seasons.The player explained: “I arrived here thinking how great it would be to put a Steelers shirt on for a weekend.“As soon as I walked into the dressing room of the club I supported as a kid, the same team that my Dad played for, I realised that I’d like to make this more than a weekend, I want to be a Steeler. I always have. “I’ve played in different countries in great leagues but Steelers are my team and I want to play a part in winning things here”.Adams said: “I’m lucky to have a great player wanting to play here and an owner who made this deal happen. It’s a fantastic signing for us.
NOV
07 Sheffield Steelers have been reluctantly forced to end the career of winger Pascal Morency.His continuing problems with concussion led to two meetings with the club this week, where hard questions had to be asked about his medical situation and future in a contact sport. Adams said: “This is a very unfortunate situation. We’d looked forward to Pascal being an important player for us but circumstances acted against us all. Pascal is as disappointed as we are that our relationship can’t continue but it is in his best interest, certainly from a health point of view that he goes back home to fully recover.”
18 Sheffield Steelers today completed the signing of right winger Danny Bois, hoping the 419 game AHL player will be getting the puck between the pipes on a regular basis from now on. Bois, from Ontario, replaces injured Pascal Morency. And like Morency, his role will be physical as well as skilled - he has a long history of penalty minutes and will hopefully bring something to the team it hasn’t got now.
DEC
Steelers coach Gerad Adams will have no hesitation in throwing Danny Bois into a home debut in one of the hottest fixtures of the season.Sheffield host Nottingham Panthers for the 100th time at the Arena - and a loss would be unimaginable against the biggest rivals in their history.Bois, injured in a fight in his first Steeler match, at Braehead Clan last month, had a game with NHL Ottawa Senators, enjoyed a headline career in the AHL, mainly with Binghamton Senators, and was a champion in Austria, so he knows all about pressure cooker games.Adams said: “It will be nice to see him put that jersey on again, it has been a frustrating time. We have great medical protocol here and the doctor wanted Danny to take a whole week off after the hit in Braehead.
09 Is the waiting finally over for Danny Bois? The injury-jinxed winger should finally put his Sheffield Steelers’ nightmare behind him on Friday when he makes his home debut against Cardiff Devils.A concussion in the first period of a match at Braehead Clan on November 21 has meant he has seen zero action since.He seemed certain to start against Nottingham Panthers last weekend, but continuing medical issues kept him out.“Nothing went wrong” specifically before last weekend, stressed Bois. It was more of a case of being cautious and he expects to play on Friday.
Jeff Legue has quit Sheffield Steeldogs to return to Steelers.He asked to be released from his three year contract with the EPL side in favour of a return to the Elite League.Steelers immediately offered him a spot and a guaranteed place in next season’s team too.For Steelers, Legue’s reinstatement massively strengthens their League title hopes. But it is a staggering blow for Steeldogs, who built their franchise around him.“There was a tear in his eye when he told us and it is hard to accept, but Jeff is a friend and I know what it is like to be tempted to go back to the best level available once you have dropped down. We wish him all the best.” Legue will play against Nottingham Panthers on Boxing Day.
YEAR 2015
JAN
19 Former NHL forward Danny Bois paid the price for Sheffield Steelers’ inconsistent results yesterday - with his job.Coach Gerad Adams fired the 31-year-old Canadian winger after just 14 games with the club.It brings to an end a somewhat unusual spell which started with a severe beating on his debut, at Braehead Clan, on November 21, not long after he’d arrived jet-lagged into the country.
24 Sheffield Steelers yesterday pulled off a lightning move in the transfer market after an injury to their most important player, goaltender Frank Doyle.The club first flew in Josh Unice, an inexperienced but promising American goalie whose background has mainly been in University hockey.Unice, 25, is untried at a high level across the Atlantic, and so his signing is a qualified risk. But with Doyle suffering a hand injury that could keep him out for weeks, Sheffield coach Gerad Adams had to swoop fast. Adams explained: “Frank has a long standing hand and wrist issue - it was operated on a few years ago and has flared up again. We had three options and Josh was the strongest, so we welcome him to the team. ”Meanwhile Steelers have agreed terms with Tomas Petruska, a 28-year-old, 5ft 11ins Slovakian left wing, who has parted company with Austrian side Graz, where he collected a point every other game. He takes Danny Bois’ slot in the roster - if the club can get him in before face off.
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24 He has goaltended for Nottingham Lynx, Cougars, Jaguars and Leopards - but tonight Sam Gospel was playing the biggest match of his life...against his home town team Nottingham Panthers. For Sheffield Steelers. In a Challenge Cup semi final.So no pressure then, at the NIC tonight, staring down the ice at title-winning American veteran Craig Kowalski.At the tender age of 20, Gospel had been drafted in from Telford Tigers following a catastrophic list of injuries to two import and one homegrown Steeler netminders.It was against this background that the youngster donned the 31 shirt and went to war with team -mates whom he’d never met.Overtime failed to provide a winner.So it was on to penalty shots - the lottery being won by Tomas Petruska while Gospel made three saves.An absolutely amazing night ending with Steelers preventing Panthers from winning the Cup for the sixth straight time, in Sheffield Arena.
MAR
09 What an occasion! What colour - what a spectacle....but oh what a let down too. Sheffield Arena was decked out in all its finery for Sunday’s Challenge Cup final. While the event didn’t have quite the presentation of a Nottingham Arena Play Off final, it was indeed a glorious sporting occasion, with the red and green hordes of Wales in the stands competing in volume with the orange-waving home fans. The only downside for Sheffield supporters was their team. They were just never at the races.After Tomas Petruska was helped off the ice with a hamstring wound, the first line ceased to become a potent attacking force, Mathieu Roy and Mike Forney reduced to the role of by-standers as the game passed them by. The second line of Colton Fretter, Tyler Mosienko and Rob Dowd toiled hard all night but could not convert that effort into goals.“We hurt ourselves, we didn’t play good as a team, we didn’t use our speed” admitted Mosienko. “And we didn’t get behind them and usually get a lot of success off simple plays like that.”
19 She wafted into the room, her beautiful, big eyes and flashing smile halting the rest of us in our tracks.Amy Usher always had that affect, you felt you were in the presence of somebody quite remarkable.The 21-year-old passed away on Thursday, at the very hospital she promised a ten pound note for and which had cared for her for many months.She’d been told her Liposarcoma was incurable and that it was extending its pernicious reach inside her.Today she leaves behind a family and friends group that face a period of intense grief and mourning. But they will also remember the way she effortlessly inspired everyone.
21 If ever there was a defining moment in a club’s history, this was it.Sheffield Steelers, plunged into mourning last Thursday with the death of young fan and cancer victim Amy Usher won the Elite League title by winning their last two games.Amy, who was born on the 21st, loved that number - her favourite Steeler had worn that shirt. So it was fitting that the match ended at 21:21 on the digital clock. That the win against Cardiff Devils was 2-1. And it all happened on March 21.And coach Gerad Adams said the League title victory was a tribute to the Wath woman.Steelers had won the League for the first time in four years and Adams reflected: “It feels incredible. I thought we were the best team all year and we definitely proved that by finishing in first place. The players’ attitude has been spot-on all year so it is well deserved and I’m really happy for them.”
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01 Steelers have revealed a significant morale booster only days before their Play Off semi-final against Hull, with a new two-year deal for Elite League Player of the Year, Mathieu Roy.“When you have the best player in the league you want to keep him” said coach Gerad Adams.“I’m delighted that Mathieu has decided to remain a Steeler and for two years.
05 So Steelers slumped to their second ‘cup final’ defeat of the season. The 4-2 defeat to a spirited Coventry saw some of the worst hockey Sheffield had played all year. Yes, it was lousy timing. But they still came back from 4-0 to 4-2 to make a fight of it. And, at the end of the day, any rival fan - and there was plenty of jealousy on show at the Nottingham Ice Centre - would have given the Play Off trophy away for the League title won by Gerad Adams’ men.The coach admitted his side was outplayed at times and gave away “incredibly soft goals.”But he reminded supporters that they had an “extraordinarily successful season” to look back on.
20 Sheffield Steelers did what seems the unthinkable today - dismissing the coach who has just made them League champions.Gerad Adams was relieved of command just 15 days after also taking his team to the Play Off final.But his second full-season contract was terminated by owner Tony Smith, who is looking for a radical overhaul and modernisation of leadership roles.It is highly likely the club already has a replacement in mind - but there is nothing official being made public.Whatever the case, this is one of the biggest calls in Steeler history...and Smith clearly thought it was worth the gamble.
30 Sheffield Steelers combined old school with new school today when they appointed Paul Thompson as head coach and general manager.‘Thommo’ is regarded by the club as the best modern technician and planner available to Elite League clubs. But he is also steeped in Steeler history - he iced for the club some 22 years ago.Today the 47-year-old took over from Gerad Adams with a remit to build a multi-platform future for ambitious owner Tony Smith. He said: “I had every intention of signing a long term contract with Aalborg. I enjoyed Denmark but it would have meant three years away from my family. When Tony outlined his plans, it ticked a lot of the boxes for me and got me excited. I hadn’t any intention of returning to the UK but Sheffield? Well that’s different. The Champions League really excites me. It’s big for me. It’s the future.
MAY
14 Steelers’ forward Jason Hewitt has his eyes set on overtaking club legend Ron Shudra as Sheffield’s longest-serving player after being awarded a new one-year contract.There were rumours inside the club that ‘the British Bulldog’ would not have made the cut, had there not been a change of coach. But new boss Paul Thompson has handed the former Great Britain forward - who will 32 in August - a new one year deal.Hewitt, who has also been awarded a Testimonial by the club for his 11 years service, has made 612 appearances for the Steelers since his arrival back in 2005 just 14 behind ‘Rocket Ron’.
18 Mike Forney has signed for the Belfast Giants.Belfast announced the deal this afternoon. The Sheffield Steelers would like to go on record and thank Mike for all of his efforts last season. We all enjoyed his play, his goals and his effort that resulted in the team winning the EIHL Championship."Mike is a great player who we wanted to keep" said head coach Paul Thompson "we tried and made him a great offer but we were advised by his agent on Friday that he wouldn't be returning
29 Steelers new look defence will be bolstered by an old face after coach Paul Thompson re-signed Rod Sarich, for a 10th season at the club.Thompson has brought in three new import d-men, Russ Moyer, Jace Coyle and Zack Fitzgerald saying he wanted to bring down the overall age of the unit, but made an exception to land 34-year-old Sarich, who has iced 507 games for Sheffield and is ranked fifth in all time Steeler appearances.
JUN
02 Sheffield Steelers have added a tough and experienced winger to their line up for next season.Canadian Levi Nelson, a playmaker and a scorer with 150 AHL games under his belt, should provide the grittiness up front that coach Paul Thompson will also be demanding of his new-look defence.“We needed a player like this” said head coach Paul Thompson “Levi will bring a physical element to our offence. He will get under the skins of opponents, finish hits and go to the ‘dirty’ areas. He can score and make plays. He adds another dimension to us. He competes every shift, every night and I expect him to score important goals for us.
10 Phil Hill may get a lifeline back into ice hockey with English Premier League side Swindon Wildcats.And that could open the door to him being offered a “two-way” contract with Sheffield Steelers,who released him from full-time employment recently.
17 The six feet three inch frame of Tyler Plante will fill Sheffield Steelers’ net, this coming season.His last two campaigns have been with Lørenskog, where he sustained a 91 per cent save ratio. “I know it sounds crazy but I am a Steelers fan” said Plante jnr. “I watched my Dad play in Sheffield for Peterborough Pirates. I was in awe of the Steelers. The big Arena, the flashing lights and the rock tunes . I thought the Steelers were in the show (NHL) and I guess from then on I’ve always followed them and so when (coach) Paul Thompson got in touch there was an immediate interest.
24 Sheffield Steelers will be reacquainted with one of their oldest rivals in the new season as Manchester Storm were welcomed back to British Ice Hockey’s top league. It was confirmed today that Hull have been forced into liquidation and therefore Manchester have replaced them in all competitions. Mark Johnson, director of the Storm, said: “These are exciting times for ice hockey in the Manchester area and when we were approached by the EIHL to join the league, we pulled out all the stops to make it happen.
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03 Ben O’Connor may have two years to run on his Sheffield Steelers’ contract - but that hasn’t taken the ambition out of the super-skilled defenceman.The The 26-year-old Great Britain international has a CV which few people of his age can boast - playing his chosen sport for clubs in Canada, France and Kazakhstan as well as being likened by present coach to the legendary Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.Sheffield did some very smart business in bringing him to the club on a long-contract, last season. But, not surprisingly, O’Connor has a yearning to spread his wings when that deal is up.
06 Steelers’ current longest-serving player Rod Sarich is gearing up for a 10th season at Sheffield Arena - but there is no complacency or déjà vu about his preparations.“Every year is different and I think this is going to be a particularly exciting year” says the super-fit 34-year-old veteran. “The Champions League is interesting and I am looking forward to working with new coaches and new players.”Sarich is more of an expert on new-season starts at Sheffield than anybody in the line-up, including Jason Hewitt and Jonathan Phillips, who have played more games, but who arrived after him. He has seen a conveyor belt of players, coaches and owners arrive and leave the House of Steel.
23 Money talks in ice hockey just as much as it does in football and other sports. Sheffield Steelers’ player budget is a few hundred thousand pounds, which is chicken feed when you compare it to the millions in the Scandinavian pay rolls.So what is the point of taking part in competitions like the Champions Hockey League, where you are on a hiding to nothing?A hiding is what Steelers got on Thursday in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was nothing short of a (9-1) horror story.But Saturday’s 0-3 reverse at JYP Jyvaskyla’s Synergia-Areena provided another, more encouraging perspective.We already knew that Steelers - and the rest of the EIHL for that matter - trail behind the swish, free-skaters of our European partners. But for a fair portion of Saturday’s game, Sheffield held and even tested the crack Finnish SM-liiga team.
27 Coach Paul Thompson will be forgiven before facing off against Finnish giants YP Jyväskylä if he feels a sense of pride and déjà vu.The last time he contested a game for Steelers at Sheffield Arena was on the blue line way back in 1993.Now he finds himself running the team in the Champions Hockey League against one finest opponents Europe has to offer. “I am going to enjoy the moment” he said. “After playing at iceSheffield I suddenly had that ‘Good God, I’m coach of Sheffield Steelers feeling’ I won’t be nervous, but I will be excited. The Summer was a whirlwind so it will all kick in for me at the Arena on Sunday.”
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11 He’s seen the come and he’s seen them go...but Jonathan Phillips has remained a constant at Sheffield Steelers for nine years.And his dedication has been rewarded by a confirmation of his captaincy by coach Paul Thompson. His assistants are imports Mathieu Roy, Zack Fitzgerald and Russ Moyer. Thompson said: “When I took over here in Sheffield I was straight with Jonna, telling him I didn’t know if he would be my captain when the season started. I wanted to look at our group and take my time, it’s an important decision to get right. After just a couple of weeks I knew 100% that he was my captain.
OCT
06 Paul Thompson’s first period with Steelers pre-dated any of the classic Sheffield v Nottingham Panthers ‘derbies.’But now a born-again Steeler in charge of the team, he’s relishing this coming Saturday’s visit of the club’s greatest rival.“Now I’m really looking forward to it, we’re two teams in form. We have won seven in a row now, hopefully it will be a packed barn. It is always special. Everybody is talking about it, people are talking about it in the changing room. They are a great club. I know this club and Nottingham have been going back and forth, back and forth. When we were at Coventry we took the limelight from the big boys and now I’m one of the big boys and looking forward to locking horns with them.”
16 It was the night all-time Steelers favourite Ron Shudra’s appearance record of 626 games was broken.Jason Hewitt, the British Bulldog, became the club’s longest-serving player.So it was fitting that the 32-year-old, in his 11th Steeler season, was captain for the night.But the script went horribly wrong for Hewy and his team with Sheffield 3-0 down inside nine minutes and playing their worst hockey of the year.Defensively, it was a shambles, offensively it was confused at best and the game ended in penalty shot defeat.
21 The Sheffield Steelers have this afternoon been advised that their game on Friday against the Belfast Giants at the SSE Arena has been cancelled.One Direction, whose concert in Belfast was cancelled at short notice last night has been re-scheduled to take place on Friday evening.“We certainly aren’t happy with the late postponement. We appreciate as well as anyone when things out of your control can sometimes happen that cause games to be cancelled. We believe this is a commercial decision taken by the arena in Belfast that will certainly inconvenience, disrupt and hurt financially both the club and our supporters. We await further communication with Belfast in due course.”Club owner Tony Smith said “this is unacceptable and not the end of the matter”
NOV
05 A 36-year-old former Czech international goaltender will stand between the Sheffield Steelers pipes this weekend after an emergency deal was struck by coach Paul Thompson.“Tyler is injured and we need another number one goalie. It’s as simple as that,” said Thompson. “Brad has done a terrific job but I think everyone agrees that finding another starting goalie whilst Tyler is out was a priority.“We made various enquiries after Sunday’s game once we knew the extent of Tyler’s injury and we’re delighted that a goalie with Marek’s experience and ability was available.
11 Sheffield Steelers lobbied the Elite League to force Belfast Giants to surrender two points after their scheduled game with Belfast Giants was postponed at the 11th hour.Yesterday, the League announced Giants and Steelers had agreed a £100 compensation deal for around 190 Sheffield fans who had flown over to the Province for a game on Friday October 23, which was cancelled to accommodate a One Direction concert.
DEC
07 Chris Lawrence is no longer a Sheffield Steeler - Steelers confirmed that they released the import forward this afternoon - allowing other Elite League clubs to consider what Sheffield would not...giving him a contract until the rest of the campaign.Lawrence joined the club as injury cover for Colton Fretter having been released himself from the Coventry Blaze after a difficult phase there.
14 Sheffield Steelers have rewarded Zack Fitzgerald with a ground-breaking two-year new deal...after just 30 games with the club.The contract extension secures the 30-year-old skater’s future and is a unique investment by the club’s ownership.Coach Paul Thompson said: “Wearing my general manager’s hat we have a player that everyone from fans to ownership adore, a player who represents our club in the most professional and respected way possible.He is committed to the club and most of all to winning.
22 Sheffield Steelers' north American goalie Tyler Plante has left the club for Germany - meaning Marek Pinc will be the man entrusted to help them retain the League title. Plante recently sustained a high ankle sprain and has missed the last month with injury - but it was always thought he would be the favourite to regain his position at Sheffield. "With Tyler back fully fit and Marek playing so well I was going to have to make a difficult decision" said head coach Paul Thompson."Marek's current deal is up in two weeks and at that time one would stay and one would have to leave us."I was honest and explained this position to Tyler. I couldn't guarantee him anything. In the mean time a deal has come up in Europe and having spoken at length with Tyler we agreed it was best he moved on and took the deal on offer.
YEAR 2016
JAN
05 A forty-year-old winger, who started his ice hockey career back in 1992, will get the chance to prove age is just a number after signing for Sheffield Steelers.Swedish veteran Conny Stromberg will be the oldest player to have donned the Steelers’ kit since coach Mike Blaisdell came out of retirement to play four games in the 2000-1 season.But, with Colton Fretter out for a month or more, Thompson has given the six-foot forward the opportunity to prove he can do the business.He has put pen to paper on an initial one month trial.
23 Sheffield Steelers went into tonight's game against league leaders Cardiff Devils with a worrying catalogue of injuries - and they added goaltender Marek Pinc to that list in the second period.Rob Dowd and Colton Fretter are out for weeks and Guillaume Desbiens is not likely to be available for another two weeks.
27 Statement on Steelers Website---"The Sheffield Steelers will play the Nottingham Panthers in the semi final of the 2016 Challenge Cup.The date of the fixtures will be as follows.Steelers vs. Panthers (ICE Sheffield) Tuesday 23rd February. Panthers vs. Steelers (NIC) Wednesday 24th February.The Steelers tried everything possible to accommodate this fixture at the Sheffield Arena. The Arena, Ice Sheffield and the Manchester Storm all did everything possible to make this game take place at the Arena with Manchester even prepared to move one of their home games to assist us. We thank them all for their efforts.We accept that Nottingham have the rights to the 2nd leg at home after being drawn out of the bag first. In the past the Steelers have accommodated such requests when they have had home rights when other clubs have struggled with ice availability. The Steelers have even played second legs of cup finals on the road after play off games when other teams couldn’t arrange suitable home ice."This hasn’t gone down well with Steelers Fans, the Elite League set the rules out when the competition started i.e The semi-final line-up is an open draw, with the highest-ranked team from the group getting the choice of if they want to play the first leg at home or away. Then changed them to Nottingham have the rights to the 2nd leg at home or away after being drawn out of the bag first. and forget to tell the fans.
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26 Steelers’ leading point scorer Tyler Mosienko has signed a year-long extension to his contract at Sheffield. After a difficult week in which the club were twice shut-out by Nottingham Panthers, It’s a boost for the defending league champions.“As a club we have moved forward, the way the club is progressing on and off the ice excites me. We are making big steps forward from the way things were last year to this. Having Thommo back for another year is going to keep building us in the right direction."
MAR
02 Robert Dowd was today thrilled to sort out his future for the next 3 years, especially when the player has missed much of the season due to a knee injury. Head coach Paul Thompson said: “We wanted to tie Robert in and he didn’t want to go anywhere else as he is an adopted Sheffield lad." Earlier this week, Guillaume Desbiens was confirmed back with the club next year.These two are added to Ben O’Connor, Mathieu Roy and Tyler Mosienko all already under contract for season 2016/17.
03 Jonathan Phillips will compete in his 11th season for Sheffield next year after the club confirmed he had signed another one year contract. Head coach Paul Thompson said: “Jonno brings so much leadership and he’ always positive. He doesn’t take any nonsense, this is his club."
17 Steelers have signed GB youngsters Cole Sudra - son of Steeler legend Ron -and Liam Kirk on three year full-time apprentice contracts.Shudra, aged 17 and Kirk, 16, have risen through the junior ranks and broken into the Steeldogs’ side. For the past three months both have been training with the Steelers under the supervision of coach Paul Thompson.“We have been very impressed with these two boys. We have worked them hard. They have shown that not only do they have ability but also the hunger to become professionals. They both possess size, skill and talent.”
24 Jason Hewitt and Jeff Legue will retire at the end of the campaign, which means Arena fans will say goodbye to them on Sunday at the Play-off quarte-final against Coventry. Legue will leave the image of a top-class import forward who forged several excellent partnerships at the club - none better than his link with Joey Talbot. Hewitt is the British Bulldog, the heart-on-the-sleeve player who gives his all. Hewitt holds the club’s all-time appearance record (680) while Legue is Steelers’ all-time Elite League goal and points record-holder (266 goals, 608 points).
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12 Levi Nelson, who was second-leading scorer for Sheffield Steelers in his debut season, has been rewarded for his contribution with a new two-year contract.Coach Paul Thompson said: “Levi is in his prime. He had a fabulous season for us, he was our second top point scorer (behind Tyler Mosienko) and he and Dowd have great chemistry – it is something there we want to continue.
13 Rod Sarich has followed fellow Steeler veterans Jeff Legue and Jason Hewitt into retirement. Sheffield’s 10-season defencemen hangs up his skates on a high after winning back-to-back championships.Coach Paul Thompson said it was a huge loss: “What a servant to the club Rod has been. We talk about players giving their all for a club, Roddy almost ended up giving his life for the Steelers” (a reference to Sarich’s injury in 2013 where he lost part of a kidney.)“Rod didn’t want the fanfare of leaving us and asked us to not include him in the post-season celebrations that included Hewey and Leggy. That’s the kind of guy Rod is, we wanted to wave the flags for him because he has been an exceptional player and a huge part of this organisation.
21 Sheffield’s ruthless pursuit of success and growth claimed another victim today when the club parted company with assistant coach Darrell Hay, Hay had wanted to return. He has been replaced by 56-year-old year old Jerry Andersson, Thompson’s former boss whilst at Swedish club Troja Lundby. Andersson’s brief will be to work with younger players, the team and to help Sheffield win the League for a third consecutive season.
27 Sheffield Steelers have finally landed the man they believe can give them goaltending stability and consistency - a factor that eluded them for some of their championship winning season.And the signing they have unveiled today is none other than Ervins Mustokovs, who led them to the Elite League title six years ago and was their number one recruitment choice last season.
MAY
12 I can confirm that Paul Thompson has never been so excited about a player signing in as he is over young Liam Kirk. The Steelers’ decision to sign both Kirk and Cole Shudra [who, by the way, helped the Sheffield Scimitars lift the national U20s championship last weekend - great job boys] Kirk and Shudra skated a lot with the Steelers last year and Paul knows that they have a lot to do before they are regulars in the team. Physically they need to grow, and mentally they need to learn about the game.
16 Steelers have signed an experienced sharp shooter with NHL, AHL and German league pedigree. Right winger Jesse Schultz, who had two games with Vancouver Canucks, arrives from German second division side SC Riessersee, in Bavaria.
31 Steelers head coach Paul Thompson has confirmed the signing of 27 year old D-man Anders Franzon.“His size and mobility is what attracted us towards him. I watched a lot of video and instanly thought he would be an ideal fit.“He sees the ice well, (has) good vision and a good first pass. I like his decision making. He is also a right hand shot, something I wanted to add to the group of six on the blue line."said Thompson.
JUN
03 Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson has confirmed the signing of 28-year-old American defensemen Mike Ratchuk.“He will give us great mobility on the back end. His strength is his skating, he is good on the puck and will support the rush.
15 John Armstrong, a 6ft 3ins right shot, was picked by coach Paul Thompson partly because of his size and range, which last season saw him score 50 points in 31 league games for Odense Bulldogs in Denmark. His tally, mainly assists, was almost double what he achieved the previous season at Lillehammer in Norway.
JUL
21 Sheffield Steelers have completed their roster for the coming season by signing a third Swedish player. Coach Paul Thompson went for a forward who had anything but his best season, last year. But Thompson, having coached against Andreas Valdix, knows what the 31-year-old centre is capable of. On paper, Valdix’s form took a dip at HC Innsbruck of the Austrian EBEL, (46 games; eight goals and eight assists, a minus 20 ratio.) But Thompson says: “Don’t be fooled by his point output last year, we have signed a very complete player and centre.
AUG
24 On Saturday we will see a glimpse of the future – hopefully. A sign of where we want the Sheffield Steelers to be in years to come. People have questioned whether teams from the Elite League should participate in the CHL after the Steelers suffered two defeats in Sweden and Austria last week .The people of Sheffield should not shy away from this game on Saturday, they should cancel all appointments and come and watch how good it can be. How we are aspiring to make Steelers of the future says Dave Simms.
27 Sheffield Steelers fans face a whopping rise in car parking fees at Sheffield Arena tonight. Fans wanting to watch their favourite ice hockey team will now have to pay £7 on the night, or £5 if they have pre-booked on line...10 days in advance, according to club supporters.It was £4 on the night, £3.50 in advance last year, they say. - so a 43 per cent rise for many who will arrive this evening. The Star understands the move was made without consultation with the Steelers.
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02 Sheffield Arena have responded to complaints from ice hockey fans raised in The Star about poor ice conditions.Last weekend, when Steelers were taking on Swedish giants HV71 in a televised match, there were alarming puddles on the pad and at least one dangerous hole.Today, Rob O’Shea, general manager of Sheffield Arena, said: “We recognise there were issues with the quality of the ice at Sheffield Arena for the Sheffield Steelers fixture against HV71 and, unfortunately, this was exacerbated by the warm outside temperatures. "We are working hard to rectify the situation for this weekend" he said, a reference to Sunday's Challenge Cup game against Manchester Storm"
11 Steelers pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their 25-year history on Sunday night. Sheffield turned the hockey world order upside down by beating multi-million pound aristocrats of Red Bull Salzburg 5-2. Despite going out of the Champions Hockey League qualifying group their players proved themselves every bit as good the speed merchants of Europe, on the night. Salzburg are a team as sleek and powerful as a Formula One car. But they came adrift against the heart and desire of a determined Steelers’ side. While Steelers do not progress in the tournament, it was still an outstanding achievement and a potential sign of progress being made in this elite European competition.
OCT
28 Tyler Mosienko - the forward Sheffield Steelers took a gamble on hiring after he was embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal - dramatically left the club today.Thompson said: “Tyler came to see me earlier in the week and explained that he wished to leave and head back to mainland Europe. “His decision came as a surprise as we were happy with him and certainly wished him to remain as a part of out team going forward. “As a club we have tried everything within reason to retain him as a Steelers but his wish is that he leaves us and returns to the mainland. “Tyler has a clause in his contract allowing him to facilitate a move conditional upon a transfer / release fee being paid by his new club, as we stand we are still awaiting that.
NOV
01 Steelers are savouring a tremendous stroke of good fortune today as they snapped up a player they tried in vain to sign in the Summer. Yared Hagos, a Swedish born centre of Ethiopian heritage, will take the import slot vacated by Denmark-bound Tyler Mosienko.We were very fortunate to pick up such a quality player at short notice” said coach Paul Thompson. “We tried to bring Yared to Sheffield in the Summer but he was hoping for a return to Germany. That move didn’t come off and he was happy to accept our advances.
02 “Most nights I eat a Cornetto to put a few pounds on” says the lean Maltby Academy pupil, who is still on cloud nine after scoring his first goal for Sheffield Steelers on Saturday, against Coventry Blaze.“I used to watch Dowdy and Jono (team-mates Dowd and Phillips) in their younger years - so scoring a goal with a team you have grown up watching...there are no words to explain it” he said. “I just threw it (the puck) on net, hoping! I thought the goalie had saved it.“It just bobbled over the line, and before I knew everybody was screaming at me, I don’t know what to think. It’s crazy to think at such a young age, that I was able to bag one, says Liam Kirk.
DEC
14 Jace Coyle made first appearance of the season after flying in after a 14-game spell at Quad City Mallards in the ECHL. The 26-year-old Canadian will go straight on to the team’s blueline, allowing coach Paul Thompson to allow the smooth-skating Ratchuk on to the wing.Centreman Andreas Valdix remains out of the picture for the next month but the arrival of Coyle will mean that Sheffield will be at full strength and able to rotate four full lines of 12 forwards and six defencemen
30 Sheffield Steelers have today sacked one of their top imports - as coach Paul Thompson finally ran out of patience with his misfiring attack. Jesse Schultz has paid the price for recent Steeler malfunctions in front of goal, a weakness that has seen them fail to keep up with league-leading Cardiff Devils.Coach Paul Thompson agreed that alone sent a signal to the other skaters that poor results would not be tolerated.
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11 Steelers Statement:The Steelers have also made a request to the SSSC to stop selling away travel for the remainder of the season, again Smith felt the combination of away travel sales and live streaming could be affecting revenue into the Arena. In his match night programme notes tonight he commented “I have no concrete evidence the two are affecting our arena income so for now I have asked our Supporters club not to sell in the arena – obviously I cannot stop away travel from continuing and fans have the choice to organise this themselves. I apologise for any inconvenience or upset this has caused but can only do what I feel is right for the club”
13 Steelers Statement:The Sheffield Steelers wish to advise their fanbase that they are taking on board much of the constructive correspondence that they have received regrading their statement earlier in the week on the issues of webcasting and away travel via the SSSC.We have certainly heard the sensible arguments made by many Steelers fans regarding away travel, especially many disabled supporters who obtain their tickets for away fixtures through the SSSC.After much consideration and dialogue with the clubs ownership, management, supporters club and travel partners we confirm that we will be advising the SSSC to immediately commence their away travel organisation once again.We note that our earlier position did cause concern to many supporters whose opinions we value strongly. MD Tony Smith said “I got it wrong and apologise to our fan base for the upset I have caused.We trust that this statement is met with supporters approval
15 Sheffield Steelers overcame the frustration of an hour long face off delay to prevail over Coventry Blaze this evening.A partial lighting failure had meant the game was late starting.
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16 He may be just a shade under 36 years old - but Rod Sarich is heading back for yet another chapter in the Sheffield Steelers story book.The champions need injury cover after defenceman Christoffer Bjorklund activated an option in his contract and quit for a higher paid job at a Swedish team. And Sarich, who lives on the Steeler doorstep and played for the club in the Champions Hockey League has been offered a role to play when one of the imports is absent.
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08 Sheffield Steelers today bowed to pressure after "homophobic" remarks were made by match night announcer David Simms - calling him "foolish and thoughtless." Senior members of Sheffield Council and SIV have made strong representations to the club since Simms made his off-the-cuff remarks at the Steelers V Coventry Blaze game at the Sheffield Arena last Saturday.Simms later insisted he had been joking when he'd stated it was "disgusting" that two men had embraced each other on the big screen "“kiss cam.” He apologised for remarks in a video on our website when it became obvious he had angered some supporters and others outside the sport.
10 Sheffield Steelers' mascot was ejected from the arena as passions boiled over during their ice hockey cup final defeat by Cardiff Devils.Police in Wales are investigating following complaints by the man inside the Steeler Dan costume and a Sheffield fan who was also thrown out, about their treatment by security guards at Sunday's EIHL Challenge Cup Final.The Devils defended the guards, saying they acted appropriately and had no choice but to kick Steeler Dan out as he was 'yelling' at fans and 'trying to interfere with' the goal judges.
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06 On Saturday, in the play-off semi final Jonathan Phillips will make his 682nd appearance for the Sheffield Steelers. will equal the all time Steelers appearance record presently held by his good friend Jason Hewitt – what an achievement for perhaps the most respected player in the EIHL.On Tuesday the Steelers confirmed Phillips would return for a 12th season with the club, his 10th as captain. Already he has lifted more league title trophies and more play-off championships than any other captain in Elite League history, let alone Steelers.
09 Sheffield Steelers came back from the dead to become Play Off champions tonight. They went 3-1 down in the first period to league champions Cardiff Devils, two of the goals conceded on the penalty kill.But they romped to a 4-1 second period to seize the advantage after 40 minutes. After an epic 34 minutes of overtime, Levi Nelson lashed the puck high to win the trophy. It ruined Cardiff's plans to become Grand Slam winners.
12 Play off winning partners Paul Thompson and Jerry Andersson will be back at the helm at Sheffield Steelers for the next two seasons.The head coach and his right hand man confirmed they had signed fresh contracts which should add to the feeling of stability and ambition at the club.Owner Tony Smith said: “Paul and Jerry are the right men to have at our club. Changing either was never an option. We have become a more professional club and Paul has been instrumental in that.
14 Mathieu Roy has signed on for two more years at Sheffield after being bitten by the Steelers’ bug.The indestructible left winger - who probably takes more punishment than any other team player - says the hunger for trophies is “infectious.”His contract extension means the fans’ own ‘King of Sheffield ’ will have had five-year reign by 2019. The 30-year-old French Canadian said: “It’s fun to win here with this organisation and I’m happy to commit for another two seasons.
18 The best goaltender in the Elite League will be a Sheffield Steeler again next season.Latvian stopper Ervins Mustukovs – aka The Moose - has committed to a new one year contract with the club.The former Grenoble and Aalborg Pirates man led EIHL goaltending averages last season playing 51 of 52 league games with a saves percentage of 91.3% “He is a top goalie and he is a winner” said coach Paul Thompson.
27 Ben O’Connor - who hinted he’d return to Steelers minutes after helping his side win the Play Off final - has confirmed that intention, by signing a fresh deal,now he has put his name on a two-year contract.O’Connor said: “The experience of the play offs brought it home to me how good it is here and how I want more of the same with the great group of team mates.There is no better feeling than knowing we are settled here long term.”
MAY
26 Steelers may have signed three new players in Mark Matheson, Jonas Westerling, and Tim Wallace this week, but there is only one talking point. That is with Guillaume Desbiens’ decision to retire from ice hockey.To say that everyone at the club was gutted would be an understatement. From ownership to the car park attendant everyone loved Desy. Especially his fellow team mates inside the holy grail that is the dressing room. Because of the respect Paul, Jerry, Tony and all of us have for Desbiens we accepted it. We all know what a tough decision it was for him.
30 Sheffield Steelers will take their fans back in time in a special night at the Arena on August 26.The club will charge just £5 - 1993 prices - for a ‘Retro Night’ friendly against Manchester Storm.They will raise the 2017 EIHL Play Off Championship Banner prior to the game, the first of the new season.“We wanted to do something a little bit different” said operations manager Shaun Smith. “We thought we would come up with a £5 ticket for our first game back at the arena this year, we will be wearing a special Retro Steelers shirt with all 22 of them raffled off to fans on the night. Our 50-50 draw will also have an additional £2,500 added to the final prize fund, someone could walk away with £7,000 on the night.
JUN
01 So, the Steelers have moved quickly in replacing Guillaume Desbiens. In his place come another big power-winger with AHL experience, Matt Marquardt. Marquardt played last season in Coventry and showed Paul Thompson enough in the games between the two sides that he was an able replacement for Desbiens.One player who knows Marquardt well is the King of Sheffield, Mathieu Roy. The two played together in Florida when they won the Kelly Cup back in 2012. Roy’s voice was one that recommended Marquardt very highly.
05 Coach Paul Thompson has signed Joonas Rönnberg - who will become one of very few number of Finns to have donned the Sheffield shirt.Ronnberg, 34, follows in the skating footsteps of the likes of Timo Willman (2002-03) and Ilpo Salmivirta, who made a cameo appearance in 2013-14.Thompson had wanted a bigger d-corps than last year and 6ft 3ins Ronnberg fits that criteria. He arrives on a one year deal after a single season at Storhamer in Norway.
08 Kieran Brown is the boy who turned his back on the American dream - to be a Sheffield Steeler.The 16-year-old forward had two seasons learning his craft in the junior system run by Iowa Wild, a US franchise in the AHL which is affiliated to NHL giants Minnesota Wild.“There was much less chance of progressing as quickly over there than here” said Bradford-born Brown, who will commute to Sheffield every day. “I wanted to come back and try to play in the Elite League, rather play against players of just my own age.
14 A young Canadian firebrand, know more for his penalty minutes than his goals and assists, has been signed by Sheffield Steelers,Brady Ramsey, a 5ft 11ins right winger or centreman, scored just 11 goals in his last 108 games for Indy Fuel and Tulsa Oilders in the East Coast Hockey League, but sat out 183 minutes in the box in that time.“I was looking for some energy” said coach Paul Thompson. “And Brady will bring that in bundles.“We’ve done a lot of work on him as a player and his character.
JULY
28 Sheffield Arena is stepping up security measures, which it has warned ice hockey fans will slow down entry to the venue.Visitors have been asked to arrive as close to the advertised doors opening time as possible and asked to keep personal belongings to a minimum, with backpacks, rucksacks and any bags larger than A4 size not permitted.The arena said the measures had been introduced in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people.
AUG
09 If it went a little dark in Sheffield this week, don’t worry. It wasn’t the weather. It wasn’t clouds over head – it was probably just Steelers’ new signing Joonas Ronnberg walking by.Jonathan Phillips said to me: “Simmsey, he has a pole vault as a stick” and you do giggle when you see all the sticks lined up, Ronnberg’s are the easiest to find as they stand head and shoulders above the rest. Paul Thompson said he wanted a little more size at the back end, well Ronnberg certainly brings that. “I didn’t see too many getting past him tonight” Thompson said to me after Tuesday’s second day of training camp.
25 Ben O’Connor was a starry-eyed youngster when he first heard of the concept of ‘raising the banner’ at an ice hockey game.That’s because his dad was a successful player who won championships with Sheffield Steelers.Now Ben is looking forward to the same feeling of pride as he awaits Saturday’s ceremony at Sheffield Arena, celebrating last season’s Play Off final win. Ben’s Dad Mike was a defenceman - in the same way Cole Shudra’s dad Ron was, in the Steelers side of yesteryear. Both will feel a family link when the flag is hoisted into the rafters. O’Connor Jr said: “The banners mark the club’s history and in Sheffield that’s a very successful history. You see those you watched as a kid and then those you helped win with your team mates.
27 Sheffield Steelers have demanded an explanation over 'totally unacceptable' delays before and during yesterday's clash with Manchester Storm. Fans faced delays getting into Sheffield Arena, with reports of long queues at security, and the match was then held up as repairs were needed to the ice ahead of the third period.But Steelers owner Tony Smith apologised to fans and called for an explanation from those running the venue. "I'm sorry to all the fans who were delayed entering the building before the game, and for the further delays before the start of the third period," he said in a statement on the club's website. "Both delays were, in my opinion, fully avoidable and I will be seeking an early appointment with the Arena management. This is totally unacceptable."But several fans criticised the arrangements on the day, claiming there were too few security staff and not all bags were checked despite people queuing outside for up to 45 minutes.
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8 Sheffield Steelers’ fishing expedition to find an injury replacement has landed them a big catch - a forward straight out of the Finnish Elite League.The club says Juha Koivisto is joining them on an “initial” four week contract - so they will reassess whether they keep him after that time.This will be an interesting challenge for a player who has spent his entire career in Finland and the last four seasons with one club, Hämeenlinnan Pallokerho.Thompson said: “I think we are extremely lucky to find someone with over 300 Liiga games at such short notice.