Sheffield Steeldogs skipper Greg Wood is unperturbed by the animosity shown to him by fans of his team’s biggest rivals, Manchester Phoenix.
Asked by his club’s own website why their fans “seem to dislike you so much” the former Phoenix forward said their dislike was not solely directed at him.
He replied: “They don’t seem to like Sheffield. They loved it when the team struggled and since Ben (Morgan) and I came back and gave them some of their own medicine they don’t like it. I take it with a pinch of salt - I’m doing something right if someone reacts like that. I’ve managed to score a few goals against them including the winners in the War of the Roses games.
“I love that rivalry, those games are a big deal for the club and we’ll do anything to fire it up. I’m friends with most of their team but friendships are forgotten when I’m on the ice.”
Wood, who played for Steelers, Basingstoke and Coventry, says Bracknell Bees - whom Dogs host tomorrow - are one of the teams he least likes facing.
“Sometimes it’s not even like hockey, that’s how they play and how we play. It can be very stop start and hard to get yourself going in those games.”
Wood says that the English Premier League is less defensive than the Elite division.
“If you watch the Elite League they play a lot of systems, there a lot of good players and they try and cancel each other out. We’re guaranteed to put on a show, it’s feisty, and it’s end to end.”