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RYAN Finnerty has had an awkward problem to solve in the week leading up to his debut as a player coach in the Elite League - no ice!

Sheffield Steelers open their season on Saturday at Belfast Giants , but their players were stunned to discover they cannot train at the Arena or at iceSheffield because the venues are hosting The Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

“I could have done without this ” said Finnerty. “Normally if the Arena hasn’t got ice then iceSheffield has but we got caught out.”

Finnerty must now take his team to Blackburn today after being unable to get ice at Hull, Coventry and Solihull. Sheffield Steeldogs drew 5-5 with Elite League Hull in a friendly last night.