After 275 games in the AHL and a two-year stint in Czech Republic Gord Baldwin is a seasoned pro.
So he is not panicking about the start to his new club’s start to season.
Sheffield Steelers have had some disappointing results, particularly at home, but Baldwin believes the team has the talent to put that sequence behind them. “There are still a few pieces of the puzzle that have to be put together but I wouldn’t say there were any shortcomings on this team” he said on video at thestar.co.uk
The 6ft 5ins d-man says three Arena defeats were not due to any “shortage of effort on our parts. We want to win here more than anybody else. We are trying, we are going to get better and we are going to get wins.”
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s home date with Coventry Blaze, he said: “We have got a great group of guys who work hard.”
He admitted the team had been disorganised at times adding that while for the most part they had played as a unit but had sometimes slipped away from that. Of his experiences so far, the 26-year-old Canadian said he was impressed by the overall standard of UK hockey.
Baldwin has a new team-mate this weekend. Injury-hit Steelers have added Italian international forward Nate DiCasmirro, 35, to the roster. DiCasmirro has been a pro since 1995 and has AHL experience. He has a contract at the club for the rest of the season.
The left-shot was an Italian Cup winner last season.
Meanwhile, Sheffield have mixed news on defensive injuries. Dustin Kohn (foot) is likely to return but Danny Meyers may have a hernia - in which case he could be out for weeks.