Tom Squires believes the shock withdrawal of coach Dominic Osman could be a blessing in disguise.
Osman was due to take over the Sheffield Steeldogs for 2015-6. But he pulled out to take on the new Hull Pirates side in the EPIHL, which is also owned by Dogs’ proprietor Shane Smith.
Dogs installed their captain, Greg Wood, 28, as team boss instead.
Squires, a former Steelers winger, said: “Greg is a veteran and few people have the experience he has. Maybe it will be better in the long-run that we have someone who knows all the ins-and-outs of our League and British hockey generally.
“We didn’t see it coming (Osman’s departure.) But we’ll be fine.”
Wood has been with the iceSheffield set-up since 2011.
He said: “Being named as Head Coach is a really proud thing for me. We’ve got a good thing here, using mostly players from Sheffield.
“I’m really excited and this is a great opportunity not just for me but also the rest of the team to develop and take a new direction and have a positive approach”.
Pirates replace the Bobby McEwan-owned Elite League Hull Stingrays, who are reportedly heading into liquidation.