Andrew Hirst is the latest Steeldogs player to sign up for the upcoming EPL season, Andre Payette has revealed to The Star.
The 21-year-old came through the Sheffield Juniors team and established himself as one of the key players in the Steeldogs squad last season.
The Steeldogs head-coach was delighted to recapture the wingman as he continues to build his squad ahead of the new season.
And Payette revealed that Latvian forward Edgars Bebris is the next player he is looking to get tied down.
Payette said: “Andrew has been with us for two years.
“He played all his junior time with the Sheffield Juniors, he has came all the way through and has now become a key player for the Steeldogs at 21, which is fantastic.
“He scored 15 goals last year, and is a player who has achieved everything through hard work.
“He gives 100 per cent every game, every shift and he is the type of player we want to mould our team around.
“Andrew wants to be the best ice hockey player he can be, and he will do anything to achieve that.”
He added: “We are working hard to tie down Eddie Bebris; he is the next guy we want to lock up. He is another one that has played all his time through the juniors.”
Payette, along with some of his players including club captain Greg Wood, have been using the half-term holidays to host one of their regular ice hockey camps, an initiative that is becoming hugely popular around the country.
“We have kids from London and Scotland now and they all come to our camps and it has really taken off,” he said.
“This camp has been full and we are attracting people from all over the country.”
“The players love giving something back to the kids and doing what people did for them when they were young.
“Our team is a strong believer in giving something back to youngsters in Sheffield, and most of my players help out with the coaching.
“Greg Wood does a lot; Ben Morgan and Steve Duncan work hard with the kids.”
Former Great Britain international forward Wood will also be a part of the Steeldogs for a third season after signing a deal last month and believes the hockey camp is a compliment to the club’s progress.
“I can only go on the experience that I had when I was growing up,” he said.
“It is great to see kids from Sheffield and all over the country.”