Sheffield Steelers: Ryan Finner pays tribute to team morale

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STEELERS’ coach Ryan Finnerty believes he is in charge of the most committed group of players he has come across in his 15-year professional career.

“It’s unbelievable everybody is so dedicated to the cause” he said. “And that cause is winning. Nobody cares who is scoring, everybody is just working hard for each other. There can’t have been many times when you could say a team has outworked us. And that is because we have a great group of guys, with great character.

“It is the best room I have ever been a part of they believe they can achieve and climb this mountain.”

Finnerty cut winger Colt King last year because he was not happy with his influence on other players.

Now, he says, there is no one in the camp he could accuse of disturbing the rhythm.

“There are no ‘me-me’ guys in our line up - there are no guys looking for self-glory.

Ofcourse we are always looking for improvement and that is because we constantly strive for the perfect game, which isn’t easy in hockey.

“These guys show a lot of commitment to our defensive game and there are a lot of positives.

“You have to hound the players even when things are going good, but they are starting to see it and starting to get it.”

Finnerty’s joy at last Sunday’s 7-2 win over Braehead Clan was tempered by the fact that Steelers, at one point, gave away a two-goal lead.

He is hoping they don’t show that lack of concentration in this weekend’s home games against Coventry Blaze and Nottingham Panthers.

“To allow Braehead to come back was frustrating, it took us a while to get going which concerned me ad we were on our back heels at one point but we battled through.

“There are little things need to address but on the other hand the Power Play has been huge for us lately.”

Sheffield will certainly need that special team firepower this weekend.