Wisdom, craft, goals and energy - a veteran Sheffield Steelers' player the club can be proud of this season

Mark MathesonMark Matheson
Mark Matheson
At a club with a declared aim of lowering the average age, Mark Matheson finds himself at the senior end of the range.

But the inventive defenceman - a 34-year-old in a Sheffield Steelers' side with the average of 28 - has clearly demonstrated that age is not the only yardstick for success.

When his team has needed him most, in the final minutes of gruelling, energy-sapping games, he has stepped forward and delivered, showing the level of his fitness, determination and focus.

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In Steelers' last match, against Coventry Blaze, and with 10 seconds to go, it was Matheson who scored a 4-4 equaliser in a game they went on to win.

Likewise, in the game before, against Nottingham Panthers, he scored another equaliser, this time with three minutes remaining.

It's been quite a season so far for the player who has played a key role in keeping the side together during adversity and was stand-in head coach for two games in October.

He is the team's second-highest goalscorer with six - but it's team-points on the board that matter most to him.

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And that will be his focus as Steelers prepare to welcome Dundee Stars to the Arena, on Saturday.

*Matheson should clock up his 100th game for Steelers, against Glasgow Clan, on November 16, if he remains injury-free.