SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Quiet Steve has respect of Steelers locker room

Ultimate pro: Steve Goertzen
Ultimate pro: Steve Goertzen
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HE may have only scored once in the last six games.

And in 21 games for Sheffield Steelers, import right winger Steve Goertzen has amassed a modest 15 points.

But there is a reason why he had 68 games in the world’s greatest league - and his coach is loving Goertzen’s contribution in South Yorkshire.

“Steve is as valuable off the ice as he is on it,” said Ryan Finnerty.

“He is the ultimate professional and while he doesn’t always say a whole lot he has real leadership qualities and carries the respect of our room. Steve works hard every day and is consistent - a sort of offensive Steve Munn” said Finnerty of the former Sheffield defenceman.

“He is not a natural sniper or a point guy.

“But he drives the net, goes in the dirty areas, finishes his checks, skates well and is great on the penalty kill.”

Finnerty said the 28-year-old former Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets NHLer was “easy to coach.”

“Ask him to do soemthing and he’ll do it,” he said.

“In the NHL he’d be regarded as a defensive forward, but over here we don’t pigeon hole players, he brings something into all three zones.”

The Canadian is Steelers’ sixth top points scorer overall.

Goertzen will be action on Friday, as Steelers travel to Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup.

On Sunday, Sheffield host bottom of the league Fife Flyers (6pm).