Tragedy unites Sheffield’s ice fraternity

Sheffield's Issabelle Futter,  who died last year to cancer.
Sheffield's Issabelle Futter, who died last year to cancer.
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Sheffield’s ice hockey community will rally around a great charitable cause and celebrate a moment of sporting history on Saturday.

Steeldogs are taking on veterans from the Sheffield Scimitars side that swept the board of honours 10 years ago. Dogs will also be handing a debut to Steelers’ legend Jeff Legue.

The All Stars opposition will include players who play in the Elite League, goalie Ben Bowns (Cardiff Devils) and winger Matt Haywood (Braehead Clan.) Ex Steelers’ wing Les Millie will dust off the skates for the All Stars, too.

The iceSheffield game (6.30pm) is more than just an opportunity to stroll down memory lane.

It will raise funds for Issabelle’s Appeal, which promotes research into neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. It was formed in memory of St Thomas More schoolgirl Issabelle Futter, from Parson Cross, who died in December 2012.

Dogs’ organiser and player Tom Squires said: “Mandy Parker, General Manager at iceSheffield, is involved in the charity and it seemed a great idea to help out. On a hockey front, it will be great for fans to see Jeff make his debut - all of our players are biting the coach’s ankles to get on a line with him! Jeff will make a huge difference to our team. He will bring goals and skill.

“As for All Stars, it will be great to see players like Simon Butterworth and Stuart Brittle back on the ice with the other lads.” Dogs coach Andre Payette added: “The charity helps children who are terminally ill; and also their siblings who sometimes get forgotten. We are proud to assist them.”

Tickets: £5 adult, £3 concession.