Sheffield Steelers are unfazed by the seemingly-positive news that Play Off semi-final opponents Hull Stingrays will be without Canadian right winger Jordan Knox tomorrow.
The 28-year-old has flown home to be the best man at his brother’s weekend wedding.
Player-coach Omar Pacha was disappointed but understanding” of his decision. Hull don’t have the same depth as Sheffield, so can ill-afford to lose an import.
But Steelers official Dave Simms says his own experience of losing a player before the Play Offs suggest that ther can be no need, now, for complacency.
“I remember when Mark Dutiaume played for us and had warned us that he’d be attending his brother Todd’s wedding in Fife, that Play Off weekend.
“We thought he’d change his mind, but he didn’t! But we went on to win - so losing a player isn’t the end of the world.”
After the play Off finals, Steelers will start organising their entry into the Champions League and the formation of a new Under 20s team.
The seniors will miss the start of the Elite campaign (September 5-6) because of the European competition.
Fixtures will be worked out at a meeting in Prague in May.
The four home and away games will be held between August 20-23, 27-30 and September 3-6.