Frank Doyle believes Josh Unice is the right man to take over his job, full-time, at Sheffield Steelers.
The retiring netminder re-injured an old hand injury after 40 games with the club last season - missing out on the League triumph and Play Off final loss.
Steelers are yet to re-sign any players, other than Mathieu Roy. Which puts Unice - who stepped in to replace him after his injury - in limbo for the time being.
Doyle, 34, said: “He came in having not played so much and he did very well here. He plays like most modern goalies, he tries to make himself big and forces the guy to shoot really well, he is solid. I think he’d be a good choice for next season, he played 20 games and that is a pretty good sample size (for the club’s management.) He did what he had to do in some stressful situations to win the League. It is unfortunate for him the season didn’t end with a Play Off win in the final against Coventry.
“That game was tough to watch” added Doyle. “Anything can happen in a one-game final and Coventry did well and had some bounces while we were not at our best.”
Doyle’s happiest recollection was Steelers’ 2014 play off final win - the only championship he won in a glittering career. But it was a shame that his Sheffield stay was ultimately ended by the hand problem.
“The specialist said it was risky going forward, I damaged it three years ago so I am fortunate to have got out of the game what I did after then. School (Sheffield University MBA course) was coming to an end for me, so I was already thinking about what to do next” admitted the 34-year-old Canadian.
“I think it would have been harder to retire from playing if I’d have played to the end and we’d have won.”
But he said was glad he contributed 43 games to winning the League title. Doyle, who lives with his American wife in Maine, USA, originally signed for Cardiff Devils in 2013, but that fell through.
n Great Britain men play Korea in Eindhoven, today in the world championships (/division 1b.)
Korea hammered the home side Netherlands 7-1 this week and GB skater Russell Cowley said: ““Korea are a great team, with terrific speed and we must up our game.”