GREAT Britain international Danny Meyers has warned his new Sheffield Steelers teammates they can ill-afford to make a slow start to the season.
Ryan Finnerty’s side began pre-season training yesterday in preparation for their exhibition meeting with Coventry Blaze at the Motorpoint Sheffield Arena on Saturday, face-off 7.00pm.
In total, Steelers have just two warm-up matches before their Elite League opener with Cardiff Devils a week on Saturday.
Defenceman Meyers, who joined Steelers in May from Nottingham Panthers, says it is imperative the team fly out of the traps quickly.
“This league will be so competitive that no team will be able to ease into the season,” said Meyers. “Every point will be hard fought and every win will be a battle. You can’t win a championship in September but you can lose one. The feeling I get already is that this team means business right from the start.”
The wait is almost over for Meyers and the former Panthers captain is hoping to make a valuable contribution in Steelers title pursuit.
“Since signing for the Steelers, I’ve been anxious to get going again,” he admitted. “Skating out on Saturday in my first game will be the start of a new era for me.
“We have had a few skates and a few work outs together but getting all the guys in and properly going at it in our home building brings it home that the season is just a few days away. Now we just want to hit the ground running.”
He added: “I’m an experienced player so I’ve been around a bit but there is something fresh and exciting about being in Sheffield right now. The is a buzz around the place and this Steelers team and if you can’t get excited about that as either a player or a fan then there is something wrong.”
Prolific forward Jeff Legue is also convinced Steelers possess the ingredients required to prosper, saying: “I think we have a blend, a mixture of every type of player for every occasion.”