Ryan Finnerty is working hard to bring Shawn Limpright back to British ice hockey.
The forward had a decent maiden season with Sheffield Steelers last term, but was lukewarm about returning to the UK.
The Canadian? had issues with the standard of refereeing here.
Finnerty, now coach at Braehead Clan, would love to see Limpright at his new club. He’d like another ex Steeler, Tylor Michel too, but probably doesn’t have the budget for him. Current Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen doesn’t appear to be a fan of Limpright, who turns 32 on Saturday.
Meanwhile Aaron Nell - whom Steelers signed from Swindon Wildcats - is financing his own self-improvement.
The 23-year-old is a slower than he’d like to be to get into his stride, so has paid for a week long power skating camp just outside Stockholm to Sweden at the end of this month.
Nell said: “It’s about self investment. I know it’s a part of the game I have to improve and so does Doug. He recommended that I did this type of course and I was happy to take his advice. I want to improve on all areas of my game but the power-skating is at the top of the list. I have played at the Elite League level before and I know it is a lot quicker. I want to hit the ground running.”
He added: “I think I am going to the right place to learn and benefit. The speed of the league and players in Sweden is exceptional. They put a lot more emphasis on that part of the game. It will be hard work but well worth it.”