Sheffield Steeldogs

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Sheffield Steeldogs
Steeldogs Logo.png
League English Premier Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
History Sheffield Steeldogs
2010–present

Sheffield Scimitars
2002–2010

Arena iceSheffield
Capacity 1,500
City Sheffield, England
Team Colours White, Blue,

         

ENIHL Affiliate Sheffield Spartans
Head Coach/Director of Hockey Ops Andre Payette
Owner Shane Smith
General Manager
Team Captain Greg Wood

The Sheffield Steeldogs are a semi professional ice hockey team, based at the iceSheffield complex in Sheffield, England.

The club came into existence during the summer of 2010[1] as a replacement for the previous tenants of the iceSheffield rink, the Sheffield Scimitars, after the Scimitars were forced to fold due to financial problems.[2]

The team have played in the English Premier Ice Hockey League from the 2010–2011 season until the present day.

After their first season in the EPL as Sheffield Steeldogs, the team achieved a playoff semi-final berth with an 8th-placed finish. The team started the 2011/12 season under the stewardship of Andre Payette, a Canadian forward who is known for his physical presence on the ice rather than his scoring touch, and many in British Ice Hockey had predicted that Sheffield would struggle to a bottom-three finish. Payette’s team, made up predominantly of local players and a small band of Eastern European imports, excelled during the 2011/12 season, pulling off several shock wins, including a win against fierce rivals Manchester Phoenix, a strong 3:1 win against Slough Jets and a fantastic 2:0 away shutout at MK Lightning. The Steeldogs have mixed physical hockey with attacking flare to fire their way to a solid top-5 spot and dispelled any notions of a ‘goon hockey’ tag by achieving a semi-final place against Milton Keynes Lightning (Sheffield Steeldogs won the first leg 1:0 at Ice Sheffield).

The Steeldogs went on to finish third in the league after hinting at a title challenge. A two-goal victory of the Basingstoke Bison in their playoff quarter final led to their first appearance at the playoff finals in Coventry. There the Steeldogs met archrivals the Manchester Phoenix in an epic battle that was decided on penalty shots in favour of the Lancashire outfit. The Steeldogs also reached the EPL cup final but were beaten by league champion Guildford Flames as they did the double.

Andre Payette will once again lead the Steeldogs in 2012 but faces a big challenge to repeat the success of last season. With young goaltender Ben Bowns making the switch to the EIHL and an aging defence, it will be a difficult rebuilding process for the still inexperienced coach. Fans had hoped that Ben Bowns would be

Steeldogs’ star players include, Lee Haywood, Greg Wood, Tom Squires and Dmitri Rodin.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ A New Start » News » Sheffield Scimitars Ice Hockey Club – English Premier League. Sheffieldscimitars.co.uk (2010-07-17). Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
  2. ^ A New Era for Sheffield » News » Sheffield Scimitars Ice Hockey Club – English Premier League. Sheffieldscimitars.co.uk (2010-07-03). Retrieved on 2010-12-13.