COLIN Shields is nobody’s idea of an ice hockey heavyweight.
And the fact that he was brawling with one of his long-standing Great Britain team-mates, last Saturday, raised a few eyebrows.
But Sheffield’s skilful forward said it is unlikely to happen again - and that there was no bad feeling lingering with Nottingham Panthers’ David Clarke after they twice clashed, at the NIC, during a game which Steelers went on to win 3-2.
Shields, who has averaged a point a game with Sheffield said: “It was uncharacteristic for both of us. David had hit me in a way I wasn’t happy about and so we fought. He wasn’t happy about how the first fight went and asked me to go again so I obliged him.
“I have known him for about 15 years, but that Sheffield v Nottingham battle changes things because the rivalry comes out.
“They were both good fights It got me fired up and got me going - although I did miss about a third of the game in the penalty box!”
Shields said he spoke to Clarke, Panthers’ second leading point scorer after the game. “We laughed about it, in the heat of the battle it happens sometimes. But it will be all forgotten by Saturday, when we play them again (home.) My focus won’t be on any more fights. The most important is getting maximum points from teams like them.
“It is predicted that Belfast us and Nottingham will be the top three, in any order, so we need to be beating those teams.”
Shields is another Steeler who is less than enamoured by the ice surface at Sheffield Arena. He said: “It has not been in that long and it takes a few weeks for it to settle in.
“So in a hot building, filled with a lot of people, it gets soft and chewed up pretty quick. But it is the same for both side and we have to make our rink a tough place for others to play.”