It’s fair to say it’s not been a perfect start for Sheffield Steelers’ American defenceman Anders Franzon.
The 27-year-old has missed valuable ice time with painful back spasms followed by a concussion.
With Steelers under pressure to improve defensively, Franzon is keen to shrug off the head injury so he can take his spot on the blue line on Saturday against Braehead Clan. “We have to be better defensively and remember the details of the game plan” he said.
“We are not playing our systems the way we want to play them.”
The weaknesses can be scrubbed out by a hard week in practice and focussing on “the details we need to do to be successful.”
As for his injury, Franzon - who admitted to feeling groggy after Sunday’s loss to Cardiff Devils - said: “It has been a tough start but that’s hockey and I am looking forward to next week.”
Steelers are also waiting on Levi Nelson, who has a knee injury.
Saturday’s game will be the league opener for Steelers, while Ryan Finnerty’s line-up have played four already, losing three times.
Clan have had lost four Challenge Cup games too.
Steelers have confirmed that the club will not be raising the 2015 EIHL championship banner this weekend, ahead of their league opening game against Clan.
The club will wait until 22nd October when Fife Flyers are the visitors so former defencemen Russ Moyer can be present for the event.
“Russ was a big part of last years team” said coach Paul Thompson, “when we sat down to discuss the banner raising we thought this would be a good idea. We will invite Rod Sarich and Jason Hewitt back for the game as well.
“These are important occasions, the players worked hard for that championship and the raising of the banner is the conclusion of the celebrations.”
Moyer joined the Fife Flyers in the summer and it will be his first appearance back in Sheffield since the move.