SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Rod Sarich eyes five more years on the blue line

Keep out: Rejuvenated Rod Sarich and Mark Thomas protect goaltieJohn DeCaro. Picture: dean woolley
Keep out: Rejuvenated Rod Sarich and Mark Thomas protect goaltieJohn DeCaro. Picture: dean woolley
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ROD SARICH believes a new diet and conditioning regime will prolong his career.

The nine-season Sheffield Steeler, who faces Belfast Giants tonight, is in his best form for years after overcoming a series of major injuries. A ruptured kidney last season had threatened his entire career.

But he fought his way back and has been called up as a dual national for the Great Britain squad.

Sarich says: “I have put the injuries behind me now, although the last one could have been a life-altering thing. When you have been in a hospital with tubes sticking out of you it makes you think. But I love hockey and was determined to come back. I’ve changed my diet after seeing a nutritionist and found the right balance between food and work-outs. I was also plagued by a back problem a year or two ago and that seems to have gone. I’ve re-dedicated myself to the game.”

Sarich, 31, added: “Maybe my new diet will elongate my career. I don’t know how long I can go on for. But I feel as if I could go on for another four or five years.”

Sarich has been satisfied with his form and enjoys playing with the likes of James Jorgensen and Drew Fata.

Having six defencemen rather than last year’s five has made it easier for those concerned to protect goalie John DeCaro, he said.

“We have a lot of energy, we had three games in three nights last weekend and were going pretty strong at the end.”

Coach Ryan Finnerty is delighted in an up-turn in form of Shawn Limpright.

The Canadian left winger has a modest nine points from 16, but was star-man in the coach’s eyes, last weekend.

“It looks like we are seeing the Shawn that I remember from his north American days.

“He contributed more than anybody last weekend and I was delighted with him.”