Sheffield Steelers star has sympathy for axed boss

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Jeff Legue was not one to dance on Doug Christiansen’s grave after the coach was fired.

The Sheffield Steelers centreman had been dropped by Christiansen in the days running up to the coach’s dismissal. But he said that while it was hard to accept initially, the move sharpened his thinking and improved his play.

A Jeff Legue goal for Sheffield Steelers in this week's 7-1 slaughter of Cardiff Devils. Pic Dean Woolley

A Jeff Legue goal for Sheffield Steelers in this week's 7-1 slaughter of Cardiff Devils. Pic Dean Woolley

Legue said nobody had liked to see Christiansen fired. “We know Doug away from the game and it is unfortunate it had to happen” he said.

“We have taken a step forward and are moving on and our team plan has been to come and work hard (games and training).”

Of his dropping, Legue said on video at thestar.co.uk “It was a decision he had to make, at the right time, and it made everybody realise that everybody is not set in stone in a position.

“It gave me a boost, I took it as a positive and I moved on after that day. Obviously I had hard feelings at the time because you want to be out there but it was his decision and you have to deal with it.

“He’d said I should work harder away from the puck and I think I did that.”

Steelers travel to Braehead Clan tonight, a team whom they share second place with. Then they host Nottingham Panthers, a game which they can extract some revenge from, following this week’s Challenge Cup semi-final loss. Clan lost 6-4 at Hull Stingrays on Thursday. Panthers are four points adrift of Sheffield.

Legue believes that if Steelers keep winning the incoming coach won’t have to make any radical tactical changes.

* Belfast Giants celebrated their Elite League title success with a 7-4 win over Coventry Blaze, last night.

The visitors were unable to dampen a party atmosphere at the Odyssey Arena as the Giants marked their third title.

Victory moved the Northern Irish side 22 points clear of their closest rivals in the table, Sheffield and Braehead.

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