Sheffield Steelers players are to undergo a crash-course in the club and its expectations under new coaching duo Paul Thompson and Darrell Hay.
Six new skaters and a goaltender will be amongst the group that will be charged with defending the Elite League title.
They are arriving in South Yorkshire this week, from various parts of the world. Thompson said: “We’ll have an induction meeting on Monday to set down the business of what we will be doing this season. We will be doing a lot of medical and fitness training on the players; a sort of MOT which will tell us what shape they are in. The importance of arriving in good shape has been stressed on them throughout the Summer and I am comfortable that will be the case.
“Monday will be a 12-hour day for them, there’s a lot of information to absorb. We will have six ice sessions in which they will be pushed hard and some rigorous gym circuit sessions before the Braehead Clan game (Saturday, August 15.) The training will be specific to their relevant jobs on the ice - we will be hoping to make them more powerful and quicker. They’ll get a day off on Monday (17th) before we fly out to Sweden on August 19th ahead of the following night’s Champions League game at Frolunda Gothenburg.
“I’ll need to get set in my mind the four lines I will start off with, but then I will tinker with things as I go along.”
Hay was due to arrive in the country today.
“I’m looking for ward to Darrell arriving.” said Thompson.
“Whilst we have spoken a lot over the past few months it will be good to sit down and talk hockey with him face to face.
“Darrell, (conditioning coach) Danny Mawer and I will be locking ourselves away this week as a coaching group and planning the next four weeks.”