Ice Hockey: Nell grateful for Sweden tuition

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Sheffield Steelers new British winger has had specialist skating tuition designed to help him compete with the Elite League’s speed merchants.

Aaron Nell wanted to improve his start and stride and flew to Sweden recently to be coached by Steve Serdachny, who has spent years as Edmonton Oilers’ Skating and Skills Coach.

Nell said: “It was really good and I feel I benefited from it a lot. I hope the training and the time on the ice gives me an edge when we all get together for pre-season training in Sheffield

“The camp was in Stockholm and ran by Steve. It was about 60 per cent skating and 40 per cent skills.

“A lot of it was what I had been taught before but it reaffirmed what I should be doing to improve that part of my game. I worked on my stride, how to get lower down when skating, my lean angles.

“They worked me hard and I certainly feel stronger,” said the Swindon-born wing.

“It’s going to be a long season and an important one for both the club and myself. I want to be the best I can be and Im sure this camp helped me,” added the 23-year-old former Coventry Blaze man.