SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Meet the unluckiest skater in England

Out: Sheffield Steelers Rod Sarich misses GB's tournament against Korea, Romania and Japan.
Out: Sheffield Steelers Rod Sarich misses GB's tournament against Korea, Romania and Japan.
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ROD SARICH must be British ice hockey’s unluckiest player.

Days after being called up for GB for the first time, the dual-national defenceman had to pull out of the squad because of a groin injury. It meant he missed out on a trip to Japan for this weekend’s GB Olympic qualifiers.

While it’s horrible news for Sarich, it’s not for his Sheffield Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty, who expects the d-man to be fully rested for his side’s next game, a week today.

Finnerty said: “Roddy missed out on our Continental Cup series in Denmark last year with a split kidney and broke his foot in Italy before that, so he’s pretty disappointed. He has had a lot of injuries, but there was no common theme, he’s simply been unlucky and I’m not worried about him.

“The groin has taken a time to recover but he is generally a quick healer and will be back next week.”

Finnerty said the international break had come at a good time with flu symptoms lingering in centre Jeff Legue and NHL winger Tom Sestito and others suffering bumps and bruises. And it also gives him time to apply his mind to potentially signing a new import winger.

“We are keeping an idea on things as nobody knows when the NHL lock-out will be over and Tommy will go back.

“What we don’t want to do is get involved in a bidding war when the NHL goes back and 30 teams are suddenly all after the same player.

“I have (owner) Tony Smith’s backing to bring somebody in before he goes back.”