Bolibruck and Brebant heading back to the Arena

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SHEFFIELD Steelers fans may see Canadian veteran Kevin Bolibruck play another year at the Arena this coming season.

Most people - including the off-ice command at club - had assumed that ‘Boli’ had played his last game for Sheffield. After 15 seasons in pro hockey, the 34-year old seemed to be heading for retirement. But player coach Ryan Finnerty says he remains an option. Asked about filling his defensive vacancies, Finnerty said: “We have been speaking to Boli amongst many other candidates.”

Finnerty also revealed he is “closing in on a replacement for Steve Munn.”

Meanwhile, organisers of Steelers’ 20th birthday ‘Festival of Hockey’ have landed another coup.

They are bringing back Rick Brebant to play in a veterans’ game, along with the likes of Ron Shudra, Tim Cranston, Tommy Plommer, Jason Lafreniere, Mike Blaisdell, Dennis Vial. Brebant had a hate-love affair with Steeler fans.

He was the top import to grace the game in the late 1980s with the great Durham Wasps team and was a thorn in the side of Steelers, after their arrival on the scene, especially when playing for Nottingham Panthers, Newcastle Cobras and Manchester Storm. Brebant joined the Steelers in 2000 and was an influencial part of the 2000-2001 Grand Slam side coached by Blaisdell. Alongside Jason Weaver and David Longstaff, Brebant led the club’s top line scoring 42 pts in 45 games.

Brebant went on to play two further years, helping Sheffield win more trophies including the 2002 league and cup double.

“This is going to be an emotional weekend” said Brebant from his home in Ohio, USA. “It will be great to sit in that dressing room again, skate out and hear the applause of the fans.

Blaisdell commented: “Rick was the best player to ever play in the league. He was a star in every team he dressed for. I first knew him in Durham and when taking over at the Steelers I wanted him with me. Brebant was a warrior. Seeing that old dog skate out again will make me smile and remember the best days.”