Steelers pair were titans of EIHL ice hockey

They were titans of Sheffield Steelers' defence - a close-knit pair who read each other's game as if they had been playing together for years.
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And Canadian Jérémy Beaudry says he has Norwegian Adrian Saxrud-Danielsen to thank for improving his game, when the two played in April's EIHL mini series.

The experience was beneficial for both.

Beaudry, who played more minutes than any Steeler, (22:47 minutes per game on average) has been snapped up by HK Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia.

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"Saxy is such a great guy," he said. "He’s a real professional who wants to get better every day but is also so calm during games and always in control.

"I really enjoyed having him as a partner for the tournament. I think we built a great chemistry from day one and it helped us being a solid pairing in my opinion. I’ve learned a lot from him."

Defenceman Saxrud-Danielsen also enjoyed the chemistry of playing with such a gifted quarter back.

"I did not know him from earlier," said the six feet three inches tall blue liner.

Jeremy Beaudry, by Dean WoolleyJeremy Beaudry, by Dean Woolley
Jeremy Beaudry, by Dean Woolley

"He was a great guy and is now a very good friend.

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"He is a great player, always battles hard and gives his best. His skills are also top notch and he made me a better player as well."

So much so that Saxrud-Danielsen was the top plus-minus skater in the EIHL.

"Yeah, I'm proud over that," he told The Star.

Adrian Saxrud-Danielsen, by Dean WoolleyAdrian Saxrud-Danielsen, by Dean Woolley
Adrian Saxrud-Danielsen, by Dean Woolley

"I take pride in being a strong D-man in our defensive zone, being solid and try keep it as clean as possible back there.

"We had a clear view of how we wanted to play back there and that made it a lot easier for all of us."

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Steelers' fans raised a jaw-dropping £11,000 in an on line shirt raffle last week, for the six year old daughter of the late Marek Troncinsky.

A trust fund has been set up in the Czech Republic and all the money raised in Sheffield is heading there.

Club owner Tony Smith commented: “Steelers fans never cease to amaze me.

“Tron was such a popular player and team mate here and the club wants to help ensure that Adrianka is looked after and that Marek’s memory remains with us here in Sheffield for a long time to come

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“I’m sure there will be more coming from the club in the near future. Tron may be gone but certainly not forgotten.

“Thank you to all those who bought tickets and supported this draw, you made a real difference.”