Sheffield Steeldogs add two new signings ahead of Streaming Series games

Sheffield Steeldogs' hopes of showcasing their skills in front of a streaming audience have been bolstered by the addition of two names well-known in British ice hockey circles.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 4:08 pm

The NIHL club's forward line has been strengthened by the arrival of Great Britain international and Canada born Ben Lake, who has played for Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze in the EIHL, over the past three years.

Lake was a member of the GB side that created history last year in Kosice, Slovakia, by maintaining Pool A status.

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His signing is quite a coup for the iceSheffield outfit, even if it is for a limited period.

Steeldogs have also signed Jonathan Kirk, whose younger brother Liam is an NHL draft pick and the most talented prospect to come through Sheffield's junior system.

'JK' has played for Hull Pirates team since their inaugural season in 2015 and has been a mainstay of their defence throughout that time.

The 25-year-old also represented the Steeldogs back in 2011 to 2013.

Jonathan Kirk chases Alex Graham. Pic: Peter Best

Kirk, a former GB U20 skater, will be playing alongside his Hull player coach Jason Hewitt, for Dogs, in the Streaming Series, which is being piloted this month, in the hope that the NIHL can resume in some form in the new year.

A Steeldogs' statement said: "The club are grateful to both Ben and JK for helping out for these games and providing cover for players, who because of work or family commitments are unable to play at present."

Steeldogs will blood their reinforcements on Sunday, when they play Swindon Wildcats. Tickets for the live stream are available now with the broadcast starting at 5pm for a 5:30 faceoff.

Ben Lake. Photo by Scott Wiggins

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