With head coach Gerad Adams rebuilding his Steelers side one returnee, Jason Hewitt believes that the biggest signing of the summer has already been made – that of one of his best mates Robert Dowd.
Dowd returned to Steelers last summer after a spell in Sweden and only two weeks ago extended his deal signing a new two-year contract: “Keeping hold of Dowdy gives the Steelers an advantage,” said Hewitt.
“He is a special talent, one of the lads in the room, a great team guy. When we all skate onto the ice he is at a different level at times. He can change a game in a blink of an eye. That could be scoring a goal, making a hit or a play. People should also look at his work ethic, how many times he hounds guys with back pressure, forces turn overs. He is the star of the team but he is still first on the ice at practise and last off it.
“I used to think it was natural talent with him but the more you are around him you realise that the best of what he does is down to commitment and hard work. Sure he has talent but so do many young players coming through. What sets him aside is his desire. He doesn’t give up, doesn’t say no I can’t do that. He makes those around him push themselves, I push my self harder, I’m sure I do.
“Rob led us in scoring this last season and I am sure he will contribute heavily again next season. For the Steelers it’s a comfort knowing that he is with the club for two more seasons minimum.”
Hewitt has just signed a new one-year contract with Steelers, a deal that will see him complete 10 years service in Sheffield and grant him a testimonial year. “I couldn’t think of a better guy than Dowdy to lead the club for the next decade,” he continued. “He loves Sheffield and the people in Sheffield at the club and in the stands love him back.”