Sheffield Steelers: no room for sentiment when Coventry Blaze arrive at the Arena

Phil Hill - Sheffield Steelers
Phil Hill - Sheffield Steelers
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Phil Hill knows what it is like to lose your job at an ice hockey club.

Cardiff Devils pulled the rug from underneath him last year. And this week he has had watch team-mate Danny Bois go through the same.

But Hill says he and the rest of the squad must put sentiments aside when they entertain Coventry Blaze tomorrow before travelling to Cardiff on Sunday.

“It was a shock when we found out about Danny for everybody in our room, but playing in Sheffield means there are consequences if things are not going right on the ice” he said. “It is a shame it was Danny, he was a great guy and nobody saw it coming - although there is always a chance of it happening at a big club.

“If a coach has to make changes then these things happen.”

Hill said they cannot take this week’s negative news on the ice with them. “Going forward we have to concentrate on going on a big run, Saturday’s game is huge for us after going through such a tough patch.”

Hill said that forwards frequently went through a barren time in front of goal - but several Steelers had drawn a blank all at the same time. “We are not short of firepower, we have got some high-end goal scorers but unfortunately things have dried up for a few of us.

“In an ideal world we’ll get a few on Saturday - and share them around.”

Hill has huge respect for Coventry’s Steve Goertzen who has scored 5+1 against his old team this season. “He is playing a slightly different role there, he is there go-to guy. They have struggled a little bit but he is their most consistent player and anybody who has been on his team knows what quality he has.”

Hill said tempo had been high in this week’s training sessions. They were in good shape to begin attacking Braehead’s lead at the top, he said.

“Our run-in is tough but they have to come to our place. I don’t think you can count anybody out that is in the top four or five places at the moment.”