Finnerty’s quick return to Arena

Ryan Finnerty's new club Brahead face Steelers at the Arena in the third match of the new season
Ryan Finnerty's new club Brahead face Steelers at the Arena in the third match of the new season
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SHEFFIELD Steelers fans will only have to wait three Elite League matches to see former coach Ryan Finnerty back in the Arena.

Braehead Clan are visitors on September 21, according to the fixtures published today.

It is an early opportunity to see Finnerty run the opposition bench against new Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen.

Sheffield host the Clan again the following month and Finnerty gets Steelers on home ice on January 4.

Christiansen will make his first return trip to Belfast Giants, his former club, on October 12, which may be an emotional trip for him, also.

Sheffield’s season starts with a Challenge Cup fixture on September 7 at Coventry Blaze, which is followed 24 hours later by a visit, also in the Cup, by league champions Nottingham Panthers.

The first two League fixtures are back-to-back games in Scotland, at Edinburgh and Dundee, September 14 and 15.

In November, Sheffield have friendlies, against Troja, Rob Dowd’s fomer team, and the University of Sheffield.

Steelers have five home games in December including Panthers at home on Boxing Day.

Steelers fixtures 2013-4

September

7 Coventry CC A

8 Nottingham CC H

14 Edinburgh A

15 Dundee A

18 Hull CC H

21 Nottingham CC A

22 Braehead H

28 Cardiff CC A

29 Cardiff CC H

October

5 Coventry CC H

12 Belfast A

13 Cardiff H

19 Fife A

20 Belfast H

26 Fife H

27 Coventry A

31 Coventry H

November

2 Fife A

3 Braehead H

6 Troja Ex H

9 Coventry A

10 Belfast H

13 Sheff Uni Ex H

16 Nottingham H

17 Nottingham A

23 Dundee H

24 Cardiff A

30 Hull CC A

December

1 Fife H

7 Dundee H

11 Edinburgh H

14 Belfast A

15 Coventry A

21 Cardiff H

22 Cardiff A

26 Nottingham H

28 Nottingham A

January

2 Hull H

4 Braehead A

5 Cardiff A

11 Coventry H

18 Belfast H

19 Dundee A

2 5 Nottingham H

26 Coventry A

29 Edinburgh H

February

1 Belfast A

2 Belfast A

8 Nottingham A

9 Cardiff H

15 Coventry H

16 Cardiff A

22 Braehead A

23 Nottingham H

March

2 Cardiff H

8 Hull A

9 Belfast H

15 Edinburgh A

16 Hull H

22 Coventry H

23 Hull A

All EIHLexcept CC (Challenge Cup) and Ex (exhibition)