ALEX Dampier is returning to Sheffield Steelers to run the bench.
But present day coach Ryan Finnerty has nothing to worry about - as ‘Damps’ is stepping as part of the 20th birthday Hockey Festival on August 27. Dampier is the man who led Steelers to unprecedented success, for six years, in the 1990s.
Under his guidance and recruitment skills, Sheffield became double champions and eventual Grand Slammers. After a rare trophy-less season in 1997-98 Dampier moved on to Nottingham and Newcastle before returning home to Ontario, Canada.
To this day, the club regards Dampier and his right hand man Clyde Tuyl as pathfinders who “dug deeper foundations than most in Steelers rise to the top of the hockey mountain.”
Dampier, at home ín Thunder Bay, said: “Coaching at Sheffield provided some of the most memorable times in my life.”
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