Steelers: Coach Paul Thompson excited about Fretter/Roy combination

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Sheffield Steelers’ coach Paul Thompson is relishing working with dependable forward Colton Fretter when the new ice hockey season faces off.

The 33-year-old Canadian switched lines at some stages of last season, but his chemistry with Mathieu Roy impressed Thompson from afar, when the coach was working in Scandinavia.

The gritty right shot, who was a first year Steeler in 2014-15 after moving froim Austrian club Klagenfurter AC, is “one of the quality forwards in the league,” according to Thompson.

“I’m delighted we have him,” the Steelers coach added.

“Colton has the ability to make those around him better and last year he had a special understanding with Roy. I’m hoping that will continue; I’d be daft to split them up.

“He sees the ice so well. He can slow the game down, pick a pass, make a pass and score a goal.

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“Speaking with him this summer, he mentioned that last year he was more of a disher than a scorer, his career before then saw him score more. I’m just pleased that we have a great two-way player.

“The club will certainly be leaning on his skills again this season, we expect him to be one of our go to guys that’s for sure.”

Current and former Steeldogs players Tom Squires, Ben Bowns, Jeff Legue and Dominic Osman will take part in Macmillan Cancer Support Golf Challenge, on Sunday, June 21.

The challenge consists of playing four rounds of golf (72 holes) in one day at Birley Wood Golf Course.

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“Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that is close to my family and hopefully by taking part in the golf challenge we can help to raise awareness and money for them,” said Squires.

You can donate directly to one of the 4 or you can donate via their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Tom-Squires1.