COLT King has punched out an apology after admitting he and his team-mates have let the club and its fans down.
The Sheffield Steelers’ winger’s flying fists were about the only memorable feature for Arena fans from last Sunday’s dismal defeat at the hands of Nottingham Panthers.
He fought 6ft 4ins fellow Canadian Guy Lepine at centre ice in the hope of injecting some passion into his side.
King shaded the heavy-handed contest but his efforts failed to raise his team from their slumbers and the champions went down 4-2.
Explaining his decision to drop the gloves, the 6ft 2ins first-year Steeler said: “Things were just not going our way. We had a bad spell in the first period where they scored two power play goals and then we conceded in the second for them to go three up.
“I had to try something to get the momentum going our way. There was a full building with all these people coming out and willing us on and nothing was happening for us. Sometimes a fight will change the flow. I had heard that Lepine was the guy and saw that he was out on the ice after the third goal.
“I simply asked him and he obliged. I had to do something to try and get us going, lift spirits and gain momentum.
“The fight went my way. I was pleased about that. He is a tough man, an honest player and we had a good fight. I’m sure it won’t be our last.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t change the way of the game.”
In yesterday’s Star, club owner Tony Smith said he felt that the players owed everyone else at the club an apology.
“Every player knows they let Finner (coach Ryan Finnerty) and the club down,” he said. “We got out-worked and as a player that’s the hardest things to accept. We owe the fans and hope we will repay their support on Saturday in Nottingham (return Challenge Cup leg) and then back here in Sheffield against Cardiff on Sunday.”