Ice Hockey: Steeldogs chief vows to make amends

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Andre Payette, the Sheffield Steeldogs head-coach, says he takes full responsibility for their poor performance last season.

After finishing third and reaching a cup final during the 2011/12 campaign, the Steeldogs finished second bottom in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.

Payette, who has been in charge since 2011, says lessons have been learned and he insists that they will make amends next time around.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” said the former Canadian forward. “We didn’t bring in the right import players to complement our local players.

“We had such a fantastic year the year before and sometimes you see what you are doing wrong when you have a tough season and there were a lot of mistakes made and I take full responsibility for the season and the mistakes that were made were mine.

“From a positive aspect it was a great learning process and we just want to show everybody that last season was a one-off.”

Payette has decided to re-sign 34-year-old Lubomir Korhon on a two-year contract. The sought after Czech scored 50 points in 33 games during his first spell with the Steeldogs.