Sheffield Steelers as you’ve never seen the before (naked)

Dressing room exhuberance after the final win
Dressing room exhuberance after the final win
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Here’s the naked truth - there is no feeling on earth like winning a championship when you are a professional sportsman.

He had centred a unit with Jonathan Phillips and a combination of Phil Hill and Tim Spencer in the end of season series at Nottingham with such aplomb that it made nonsense of the ‘third line’ tag they have had all season.

You can keep your at on: Jason Hewitt in the buff

You can keep your at on: Jason Hewitt in the buff

And after the team’s up and down season which has seen a coach fired and players come and go, it was perhaps the greatest triumph of all for 30-year-old Hewitt, when Sheffield beat League title winners Belfast Giants in the Play Off final last weekend.

Hewitt, who joined Sheffield alongside Mark Thomas in the 2005-06 season, is known as a grinder and instigator rather than a flair player.

But it was his drop pass to Phillips, whose shot rebounded for Hill to score, that created the equaliser three minutes against Giants had taken a second period lead at the NIC, a game ending in an overtime Steeler win.

He said: “I don’t know why this one feels bigger and better than others, but it does.

“I don’t know why I am more emotional.

“Maybe it’s just having my second child, or you appreciate it more when you are older, I have no idea, but it feels like its the best thing I have ever won. Our line was dominant in the final, we just clicked. Our goal got us on the way, but I always had the feeling that we could find way to beat them.”

n Hewitt will be in the Great Britain squad to play Netherlands at iceSheffield on Saturday (7:30pm) and at Coventry on Sunday.

Coach Doug Christiansen has called Nottingham Panthers forward Jonathan Boxill and Braehead Clan forward Matt Haywood into his squad.

Belfast Giants forward Craig Peacock misses through injury.