SHEFFIELD Steelers let loose grumpy defenceman Chris Frank tonight.
The American flew in to the UK this week to discover his hockey equipment, including skates, had failed to follow him across the Atlantic.
Franks is an aggressive player when he’s in a good mood - so Edinburgh Capitals will have to watch themselves at iceSheffield tonight.
Coach Ryan Finnerty: “No one likes wearing new equipment, especially if you are making your debut, so he’s pretty hacked off.
“He was always a nightmare to go in the corner with - I remember that myself last year when he played for Cardiff Devils. You never knew whether you’d get a whack in the mouth or a stick somewhere that hurts. I imagine we’ll be seeing that again this evening.”
Frank sat out 324 penalty minutes in 51 games for the Welsh side.
Finnerty said: “Last year was an adjustment for Frank. We have had a talk about penalty minutes, and the need to taper them down, as we pride ourselves here on discipline, we don’t want any 10 minute misconducts. The player will give us something we have been missing at the back.”
Simon Ferguson will also make his debut tonight for Sheffield. He will be on a line with Ashley Tait and Colin Shields.
“You can tell from practice that he is a hard-nosed player who will finish his checks and be a great asset to us.
“He is extremely hard working.”
n Steelers will again be without Danny Meyers, whose concussion has yet to fully disappear. He should be back for next weekend, though.
Jim Jorgensen’s broken ankle keeps him out of the picture until February.