Sheffield Steelers get super-tough Scandinavian draw

Paul Thompson, flying the flag overseas
Paul Thompson, flying the flag overseas
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Sheffield Steelers face a massive challenge in the Champions League.

At the official fixtures draw in Prague, this lunch time, the Elite League champions were paired with Frölunda and JYP Jyvaskyla, from Sweden and Finland respectively.

Coach Paul Thompson, at the event alongside David Simms, immediately tweeted “Easy” as a response - his joke failing to obscure the enormity of the task ahead.

Frölunda Hockey Club, also known as the Frölunda Indians, is based in Gothenburg.

JYP play in Jyväskylä, Finland, at the Synergia-areena.

Thompson said: “Well, we have got two big boys.

“Jyvaskyla are a great, traditional Finnish team and Frölunda are a fantastic team at this level, so we have picked a couple of big ones from the whole draw. But we should be excited about it...we are taking on two of the best in Europe. People are looking at us and saying: ‘Who are they?’”

Thompson said ideally Sheffield would take on both teams, away, in a single weekend.

In the same competition, Braehead Clan drawn German side, Ingolstadt and Swedish team, Vaxjo Lakers

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