Ramsay gets educated on Steelers past

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AFTER 11 seasons in north America, winger Mike Ramsay is prepared for a history lesson at the start of his UK hockey career.

The Canadian forward, who the club predict will be a major goalscorer for them this season, has had his first training stints with his new club Sheffield Steelers, ahead of Saturday’s Festival of Hockey. Ramsay’s first game will be on Saturday against Cardiff Devils as part of the club’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

“The Legends game before ours will be fun” said Ramsay, 26. “I guess we new guys will get a 20 year Steelers history lesson in two hours!

“One of the reasons I came to Sheffield was their history; therefore seeing all these older guys that helped the club win so many championships will be fantastic and of course a message to us new players that this club expects to win - I can’t wait.”

Ramsay has had one short taste of European hockey, he played 34 games for Ässät Pori in Finland, in 2005.

Reflecting on his Sheffield experience so far, he said: “It’s all be go since we landed but it’s all been good. My family and I have been met with open arms and people can’t do enough for us.

“We have skated which was good and needed, the dressing room seems a good place to be, the players all seem like great guys and are also very good players. There is a lot of talent here, I can see that already.”

Sheffield coach Ryan Finnerty expects to have a full roster by Saturday evening.