Sheffield Steeldogs

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Sheffield Steeldogs
Title Sponsor Bradfield Brewery
League English Premier Ice Hockey League
Founded 2010
History Sheffield Steeldogs

Sheffield Scimitars

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


Owners Ali Cree

Robin Grayson

Director of Hockey Ron Shudra
General Manager Paula Grayson
Head Coach Greg Wood
Team Captain Ben Morgan

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 able to fundraise over a million pounds to revamp the team.[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, 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 soundly beaten by league champion Guildford Flames as they did the double.

Andre Payette once again led the Steeldogs in 2012/13 but faced a big challenge to repeat the success of the previous season. With young goaltender Ben Bowns making the switch to the EIHL and an aging defence, it proved to be a difficult rebuilding process for the still inexperienced coach. Fans had hoped that Ben Bowns would be re-signed, however he switched to the EIHL becoming the starting net minder for Hull Stingrays.

Steeldogs star players include captain Ben Morgan, Arnoldas Bosas, Donatas Kumeliauskas and net minder James Hadfield.


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

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