Steelers’ veteran Jason Hewitt made his debut against Nottingham Panthers in 2006- and hasn’t missed a meeting against Sheffield’s biggest rivals since.
Sadly a knee injury put him out of tonight’s 100th encounter - and he’ll miss the two other big Christmas dates against Panthers too.
But Hewitt has no doubt his mates will pick up the slack and remove Panthers from the top of the League, tonight.
“It is frustrating for me, but I’ve got my head around it now and the important thing is to stay positive and support the team. I don’t like being away from them, but they are probably fed up with seeing me limping around all the time.”
While Hewitt will miss out tomorrow, Danny Bois will make his home debut. “He is going to be a great fit for us” said Hewitt. “He is a quality hockey player and will make a difference for us. I can see him going up and down the wing and finishing his checks.”
Coach Gerad Adams criticised some unidentified players for not caring enough in the recent loss at Coventry. But Hewitt insisted: “G is passionate about the club and he said things when he was fired up but I don’t think any member of the team doesn’t care. We have tons of leaders in our team and you should see that against Nottingham.”
Adams has also been critical of occasional “softness” in team defending. “We have seen some video this week of when we were not at our best and other clips where we are doing our best stuff. If we don’t skate and move the puck we get punished. But if we play the way we are supposed to we are an exciting team that gets results.”
Pressed for a forecast for tonight, the winger said: “I’ll say it will go to 3-2 to us and then we’ll get an empty net goal for 4-2.”