Colt King hopes some of his power-packed forward play will rub off on his defensive colleagues as Sheffield Steelers head into the New Year.
Last Sunday’s 6-3 win over Coventry Blaze was a tonic for the defending champions, but it did not completely conceal the frailties in their own zone which has seen them conceding far too many goals, lately.
Club owner Tony Smith has told The Star he’d like to see King’s strong-arm tactics replicated by defencemen and the 6ft 2ins Canadian winger seems to agree.
He said: “If they (opposition) have the puck in our zone we sit back and watch them and let them take the play to us. We sort of play it safe instead of taking it to them and being aggressive, taking the body, doing the little things like finishing the checks. Sitting back is that is what’s getting us in trouble.”
King does not know why the team had become passive in their own zone. “We started playing safe; you can’t do that you have to play hard but smart. It is a matter of executing what (coaches) Finner and Ash have been telling us all year” said the 28-year-old.
“We have the talent and ability up and down our line ups. It is about holding yourself and each other accountable in pressure situations. If we do we will turn this ship around and get back in the direction we were heading.”
King’s contribution to the club has increased with every game and he looks at home on a line with the team’s two top attackers, Jeff Legue and Mike Ramsay.
“I hope my influence is spreading. I hope it is a positive one. I have two talented linemates. It’s good playing with them; my job is to keep it simple, create some time and space for them, get the puck out, go to the net, finish checks. It is working for us.”