Coach Gerad Adams will be a relieved man today.
Despite the fact the ice hockey season is a week away, he wanted to make sure his import goaltender Frank Doyle was back at Sheffield Steelers with plenty of time to spare.
Doyle, 33, a Canadian, was due back in the Uk today. Steelers boss Adams said: “Your goalie is your most important player so when I see Frank back in the country I will be a happy man. Without him we wouldn’t have been Play Off champions. That’s how important he was for us.
“He is just a great professional. He is dedicated, diligent and committed. He gets the job done. He quietly goes about business. I respect him immensely and so do the team.”
Doyle saved 90% of rubber thrown at him in 3,852 minutes of action last season nailing half a dozen shut outs and playing through injury for the Steeler cause.
Adams said: “I think coming back for his second season he will be even better, I expect him to be anyway. He knows the league and what is expected of him every night.”
The coach added: “I think we all saw how badly he wanted to win last year, beneath that calm exterior is a fierce competitor and an outstanding goalie.”