Sheffield Steeldogs’ Jeff Legue sees ice hockey from different angle

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Jeff Legue had a crash course in coaching after Sheffield Steelers lost Andre Payette.

The player coach was missing from the twin defeats (Peterborough, home 2-3, Sat, Telford Tigers, away, 2-8, Sun) because of a family bereavement.

Speaking after the iceSheffield defeat, Legue said: “Coaching is a lot different to what I thought, you’re trying to prepare your game but you’ve got to prepare 14 other players as well. It’s a new thing for me, I’m learning but there are a lot of guys in the locker room who are helping me”.

Legue said Steeldogs have been playing short a lot these past few weeks. “We like to roll three lines which gives the likes of Lubomir Korhon and me the chance to rest but playing short means that’s not possible. It’s hard because you’re switching guys all the time to try and get good mixes.”

On Sunday, Telford coasted through their win and showed how wide the gap in budget and quality is in the EPL. Sheffield have caused the Tigers problems in periods this year but this was a night they hope to move on.