Sheffield Steeldogs will continue to inflict strong-arm, physical tactics..but they have drawn the line at bashing opponents with their hockey helmets!
The EPL side are likely to go after Bracknell Bees at iceSheffield on Sunday after picking up some injuries in their last, hostile meeting.
But missing from their roster is relatively new signing, Slovakian right winger Stanislav Lascek, who was dumped by the club recently after clobbering an opponent with his headwear.
Lascek, 28, once drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, played couple of times for Steeldogs before they announced he “isn’t quite what we are looking for” - and let him go. Coach Andre Payette has now confirmed the player had been suspended for wielding his helmet during a fight saying: “Stanislav got in a fight, he didn’t know what he was doing, it was a mistake. He was trying to show me he wanted to be on the team, and he over-stepped the mark. We released him and wished him all the best.”
Steeldogs upgraded the import slot with Janis Ozolins who is now forming a fine partnership with ex Steeler Jeff Legue - one the coach is comparing to the Legue-Joey Talbot partnership. Payette hopes his team will effectively end Bees’ season - another defeat for the bottom club will mean they will have a much reduced of a play off spot he says.
“We lost a few players to injuries and I know the guys aren’t happy about that, we plan to make a statement, we beat Bracknell 5-1 down there and expect to put the final nail in their coffin for their play off hopes” said Payette. “There is no love lost between the two teams. They are in last place and we want to keep them there. I think they might as well just end their season on Sunday because we are going to beat them.”
Steeldogs are next to bottom of the EPL but Payette claims his upgraded side can challenge for top four slot.
“We are only two points out of seventh position, three out of sixth, I believe we are going to make a run at this beaten everybody bar two top teams Telford and Guildford.”