Steelers have had to end their interest in 30-year-old Canadian defenceman Simon Mangos.
The player, a team-mate of new Steelers’ goalie John DeCaro at Bossier-Shreveport last season, was a priority target for Sheffield coach Ryan Finnerty. But the two-year Manchester Phoenix player (2006-8) has had to undergo shoulder surgery and may not be fit in time. Finnerty could now make a move for another Canadian Mike Burgoyne. He played for Belfast Giants (2008-9) and spent some of last season in Holland.
Meanwhile, Steelers’ most popular ever player, Ron Shudra, who will captain a veterans’ side in the 20th anniversary celebrations on August 27, believes his son Cole, 13, could be a star of the future. Cole is regarded as one of the most highly rated junior players in the country, says ‘Rocket Ron.’
He said: “He wants to be a Steeler one day and that would make me very proud. My Dad says we both played the same at the same age. We both shoot left, we both play centre or wing, which I did at 13. He has the tools and if he works hard and wants it badly enough then he can play anywhere he wants”” said Shudra. His other son, Tate is just six: ““A bit young to form any real opinions yet”!”