sTEELERS are confident they will win an appeal to wipe out the match penalty and potential three-game ban to NHL star Tom Sestito.
Ironically, they could win the case but then lose the player anyway, as the NHL decision-makers meet on Thursday to try and resolve the lock-out dispute. If they do Sestito will fly back to Philadelphia.
The winger was ejected from Sheffield’s game against Hull Stingrays on Sunday after what the club believes was a forearm-to-shoulder hit on Andy Ward. Ward was taken to hospital with concussion after being knocked unconscious.
He said: “I don’t remember anything about it to be honest. I had a CT scan to check for swelling and bleeding and that came back all clear. I also had a few deep cuts which they cleaned up. I want to say thank you to everyone who took care of me on the ice and afterwards. I heard a few of the players helped too. I really appreciate it.
“I have had tweets from fans from Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham and Coventry showing their support. I have been overwhelmed by it all.
The club has sent video and still-photography evidence to support Sestito’s assertion that the injury was an accident.