Jason Hewitt has retired from his career as a trouble-stirring rink rat - but will have a new role as a friendly ‘ambassador’ for Sheffield Steelers.
The 32-year-old has hung up his skates after a decade at the championship-winning club, but coach Paul Thompson says there will always be a role for him.
“We want to keep our ex-players who have done so much to build our club and get it back to where it is now.
“Keeping Hewy around, he can pass on the baton to the new players.”
Thompson said Hewitt and Jeff Legue, who is also retiring, has brought honour to the club and he had been proud to work with them.”
Thompson says he may bring in more size and grit to handle battle situations better next year.
Losing to Coventry Blaze so often, particularly at their smaller rink, suggested that his side needed more physicality in the 2016-17 line-up.
In the Play-offs, he conceded they had been fatigued and beaten by a better team.
“We have been in a dog-fight last six or seven weeks,” he said,
But the Elite League championship returned to Sheffield for a second consecutive year.
“We won the big one,” Thompson added.
Monday 28th March
Elite League Play-Offs Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Belfast Giants 1 Nottingham Panthers 3
(Nottingham Panthers win 7-4 on aggregate)
Saturday 2nd April
Elite League Play-Offs Semi-Finals
(@ NIC Nottingham)
Cardiff Devils v Coventry Blaze – 1.00pm
Nottingham Panthers v Fife Flyers – 5.00pm
Sunday 3rd April
3rd/4th Place Game – 12.00pm
Grand Final – 4.00pm