Former NHL forward Danny Bois paid the price for Sheffield Steelers’ inconsistent results yesterday - with his job.
Coach Gerad Adams fired the 31-year-old Canadian winger after just 14 games with the club.
It brings to an end a somewhat unusual spell which started with a severe beating on his debut, at Braehead Clan, on November 21, not long after he’d arrived jet-lagged into the country.
Bois, who played a game with Ottawa Senators in 2006-7, missed the next six games as he suffered the effects of the pounding, in which he failed to protect himself.
When he got back in action, he scored just twice and didn’t live up to the billing Steelers had given him before his arrival. He was given a try on the first line - but his contribution failed to catch the eye and he was demoted back to the third unit.
Insiders at the club feel he did not play with the edge he had brought to bear at other teams in Europe and north America.
Steelers deny they had poorly scouted him in the first place - yet they seem to be at a loss to define why the player did not show what he had brought to teams like Salzburg, Austria, where he had won a championship.
Such is Adams’ frustration that he let the Ontarian go even before he has a replacement import lined up...and has three other overseas skaters on the treatment table. This may indicate the move was also meant as a signal to a team that has dropped off alarmingly, in form terms, over the last month.
When Bois arrived in South Yorkshire, he declared himself a “hard nosed player, I like to finish my checks and play hard.”
Adams said: “We’d like to thank Danny for his time and effort since arriving here. Everyone on the team should feel the brunt of the spell that the club is going through right now. Unfortunately for Danny this is the decision that I have taken in order to try and make the Steelers better going forward.
“Our search is well underway for a replacement but in the meantime we will play short this coming weekend”