COVENTRY Blaze’s Brad Leeb will have 4,000 angry Steelers fans on his case, at Sheffield tomorrow.
Arena supporters will not have forgiven the former Vancouver Canucks winger for sucker-punching crowd favourite Jason Hewitt two weeks ago.
Hewitt - who may have his own statement to make at centre ice - suffered a broken nose in the attack from behind.
Coach Ryan Finnerty probably wouldn’t be surprised if there was some element of retribution when Coventry return to the Arena tomorrow (7pm.)
But any personal score to be settled comes down the team’s list of priorities, he says.
“Everybody saw what happened, it is pretty fresh in everybody’s mind. But what is more important is to win games” said Finnerty.
“Hewy is here to win games too, even if it is more fresh on his memory than anybody’s.”
Asked if Hewitt would be in a starting line up with gloves ready to be dropped, Finnerty replied: “We’ll see...”
Steelers official Dave Simms went a bit further. “I expect blood and thunder tomorrow. Coventry have some rough, tough players but those who live by the sword, can perish by the sword.
“Whilst I am sure not one of our players will openly say that there is to be some retribution, I think Brad Leeb will end up having to pay the price for his actions this weekend.”
Defenceman Jim Jorgensen anticipates a lively night, all round.)
“I’m sure there will be some chippiness but I don’t think we will go out and put a number on his head. We will just go out and play and see what happens. I don’t think he (Leeb) will want to fight too much, I’m sure Benn Olson (Blaze enforcer) will be all of the place, though.”
Olson fought Matt Stephenson twice, last time - which was something of a mis-match given Stephenson’s smaller stature.
Steelers do not have an enforcer this term, but if Olson is to be challenged this weekend, I’d like to see Drew Fata step forward.