MATT Stephenson is backing Steelers winger Jason Hewitt to bounce back from his Play-off nightmare.
Hewitt turned the puck past his own goaltender to credit Hull Stingrays with their fourth and most decisive goal in what turned out to be the last match of Sheffield’s season.
Hewitt was grief-stricken at the end of the night, which signalled the end of a 62-game season where he had given just about everything.
Stephenson said: “It is a game of bounces, some good, some bad. He had been trying to make a great defensive play and the puck went in off him.
“I understand how upset he felt as he’d have felt he lost that game. But we lost it as a team, not as individuals.
“He may think about it a little longer than normal because of its significance, but Hewy is Hewy and he will get right back on that horse.”
Hewitt is today hoping for the morale booster of being selected for the final 23 players picked to represent Great Britain for the World Championship (Division 1A) in Slovenia.
He and team-mates Jonathan Phillips, Mark Thomas and Geoff Woolhouse and new Steelers signing Colin Shields have been all been in a three-day training camp which concludes this afternoon in Manchester.
Team GB launch their campaign on Sunday evening against host team Slovenia.
Stephenson, who is being linked with a French club, says Hewitt and the Brit pack will be a significant weapon for Sheffield next term.
“It will be important for the team to have top-end Brits like Shields and (a back from injury) Ashley Tait. But you can’t take anything away from the other Brits on the team, they are all good players.”