Gerad Adams says he will have no issue with the ageing Britishice hockey squad within his Sheffield Steelers roster - as long as they are in shape.
The team coach has noticed that other people in the sport “seem to have concern about the age of our Brits.”
Phil Hill is the oldest member of the club at 32. Jonathan Phillips will turn 32 in July, and Mark Thomas 31 in the same month.
Jason Hewitt will be 31 in August and goaltender Geoff Woolhouse is 29.
Steelers’ golden boy Rob Dowd is only 26 and Sheffield have also handed a two-way contract with Peterborough newcomer Luke Ferrara who has just turned 21 - which brings the average down.
Adams commented: “Off-ice training is vital to all the players. All of our older players have been in great shape but as you get older you have to work harder at it.
“The Brits all have to get on top of it. But they are all very professional and I am sure they will be mindful of the importance of off-ice training.”
Of Hewitt, Adams added: “There is a lot more left in him. We just have to find a way to get that out of him. His type of player is invaluable to
clubs and I believe he can have a great season.”
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