Not everybody in the Sheffield Steelers’ dressing room rejoiced over the removal of Doug Christiansen, according to one of his admirers in the team.
It had been thought that decision to depose the American in February was greeted by many - amid suggestions that his forensically-detailed style of leadership was not everybody’s cup of tea.
But Rob Dowd, who rejoined the club in 2014 after a two-season break was far from pleased, he revealed on video at thestar.co.uk
He said his initial decision to rejoin Steelers after playing at Belfast Giants and Troja-Ljungby of Sweden was influenced by Christiansen’s appointment.
“It was a big draw for me (when Christiansen got the job.) I enjoyed working with him in Belfast and GB. When a guy leaves its not ‘everybody jump ship’ you’ve got to stick together as a team. There were some sighs of relief; there were some guys that were disappointed. “There were mixed feelings in the room but we all pulled together, as it showed at the end of the year, it came big. I was a little disappointed but you’ve got to make decisions for the better of the club; it seemed to work out.”
Dowd felt he had an “OK” last season; he reached his annual target of 30 goals saying: “Obviously you’d always liked to do better, but I got where I wanted to be. I had a couple of bad injuries, so I’d like to stay healthier.”
As for the team generally, he hopes next season’s crop will not be off the pace in pursuit of the League, as it was last time.
“Last year we have spells of excellence followed by spells of not very excellent” said the Teessider. “If we can keep a good plateau of really good performances that’s how you win the League, its consistency.”
Steelers do not have many skaters signed up yet for next season. And Dowd said he was “in the dark” about possible new recruits.
“It is all about who you appoint, it’s not about rushing into things. I think they are waiting for guys who are looking, we’ll see in the next few months.”