Sheffield Steeldogs are to mount a charity drive for the boxer seriously injured at their stadium last weeekend.
Jerome Wilson has been in a coma since his injury at iceSheffield, home of the city’s second most prominent ice hockey team.
While Dogs’ players take part in a different sport, the club feels honour-bound to try and provide some support to an athlete who has yet to regain consciousness. Forward Tom Squires, talking on video at thestar.co.uk, said: “We are going to do a bucket collection at our game against Milton Keynes on Saturday. He is a Sheffield lad. We have got a Made in Sheffield ethos at our club. It is a contact sport like ours. So we’d like our fans to donate whatever they can to help this guy out” said Squires.
“We’ve been told he has got four kids and self employed so the state that he is in from this KO punch in the ring is going to affect him and his family and we’d like all the Sheffield ice hockey community to come down to the game on Saturday and try and get behind and help us with this great cause. Whatever people can do we will be extremely grateful and hopefully get a good amount for him.”
Squires suffered two two blood clots on his left eye and a shattered tear duct playing at Fife, last season.
While not seeking to compare the injuries, he said: “I am fully recovered and got the all-clear in May. I know the mental affects after an injury like that . It’s not nice. I was stuck in a hospital bed for nine days so God knows what Jerome is going through now. We are all rooting for Jerome at the Steeldogs.”
Dogs have lost their first two League games but are not in panic mode, said the winger.
“We have got to get our confidence going. MK is a team we have always played well against. If we can get four points against them and Manchester (Sun) who knows what we can do this season?”
Squires said ex Sheffield Steelers’ centre Jeff Legue has settled in at the EPL outfit.
He said there was a “massive difference” between the EPL and EIHL divisions: “There is more time in the Elite League, as crazy as it sounds, so it does take a bit of time to get used to it.
“There is only me on this team that he has played with on a regular basis before. It’s a new team, a new environment, it is always going to be tough for a new guy coming in and finding his feet.”