SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Drew Fata enjoys super start to new career

Happy traveller: Drew Fata controlling his Sheffield Arena defensive zone.'         Picture: dean woolley
Happy traveller: Drew Fata controlling his Sheffield Arena defensive zone.' Picture: dean woolley
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HE is an Italian Canadian who won a league trophy two seasons ago in Norway.

Last season, Drew Fata played with Asiago in the foothills of the Alps.

So you might think it would take a while to acclimatise to his move to British hockey with this new club Sheffield Steelers.

Not at all. The left-handed defenceman crashed in a spectacular goal in his debut last weekend and was the side’s most assertive blue liner. His partnership with Danny Meyers was top notch.

While Sheffield lost and won in last weekend’s pre-season games, Fata believes it is this week’s training programmes that will be vital to the team starting the league programme well on Saturday (Cardiff Devils, home, 7pm.)

“The chemistry of the team and fitness levels will come during behind doors practice,” he said.

“The results against Coventry don’t mean anything. It is more important that we figure out who works well with who, how to control break outs and get any bad stuff out of our system.

“Two pre-season games is enough preparation because Ryan Finnerty runs a good practice. We have to get our timing down and angles right and we’ll be in full swing.”

Meanwhile Coventry Blaze’s Brad Leeb has received a three-match ban for his sucker punch on Jason Hewitt at Sheffield Arena last Saturday - the minimum tariff available. Head of discipline, Simon Kirkham, said: “I have reviewed the video and received reports from the referee and two linesman and agree with the initial penalty call. It is important to clamp down on unsavoury incidents and the officials will be as vigilant as ever throughout the season in assuring that these incidents are penalised.”