Sheffield Steelers face Swedish and Austrian rivals

Sheffield Steelers win the  league at Fife - and guaranted entry to the CHL
Sheffield Steelers win the league at Fife - and guaranted entry to the CHL
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Sheffield Steelers will take on exciting opponents from Sweden and Austria in the Champions Hockey League, this coming season.

In the draw in Switzerland, they were placed in three-team Group P with Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and HV71 Jönköping, from Sweden.

Playing the Swedish club means that Steelers’ new assistant coach Jerry Andersson will make a quick return to his home-land.

And it will be a baptism of fire for 25 year old centre Markus Nilsson, another Swede, who signed for the Eilte League champions since the end of last season.

As for Salzburg, Elite League rivals Coventry Blaze were quick to remind Sheffield that they beat the Austrians 3-2 in overtime in the 2008 Continental Cup.

Dates for both Steelers’ home and away legs were the subject of immediate negotiations at the event in Zurich.

The draw

The draw

A full schedule for the 48 teams, in all 16 mini-groups, is expected by May 12.

Last year, Steelers played Swedish side Frolunda Gothenburg and Finnish club Jyvankyla.

It was an exhilarating experience for the club, who used the training camp and matches as preparation for the Elite League title they went on to win. And visits to Sweden and Austria will doubtless attract a good following from South Yorkshire.

In Group A, the holders Frolunda Gothenburg are paired off against Dynamo Pardubice (CZE), Grizzlys Wolfsburg (GER).

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