Ice Hockey: Hirst pens new deal with Steeldogs

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Sheffield Steeldogs head-coach Andre Payette has revealed Andrew Hirst is the latest player to sign up for their forthcoming English Premier League season.

The 21-year-old came through the Sheffield Juniors team and established himself as one of the key performers in the Steeldogs squad last season.

Payette is delighted to have tied down the forward as he continues to reshape his squad ahead of the new season. He has also confirmed Latvian forward Edgars Bebris is the next player he is looking to get signed up.

Payette said: “Andrew has been with us for two years. He played all his junior time with the Sheffield Juniors and he has came all the way through and has now become a key player for the Steeldogs at 21-years-old which is fantastic and he scored 15 goals last year.

“Andrew is a player who has achieved everything through hard work. He gives 100 per cent every game, every shift and he is the type of player we want to mould our team around and that is Andrew in a nutshell. Andrew wants to be the best ice hockey player he can be and he will do anything to achieve that.”

He added: “We are working hard to tie down Eddie Bebris; he is the next guy we want to lock up.”

Payette, along with some of his players including club captain Greg Wood, used the half term holidays to stage an ice hockey camp, an initiative that is becoming hugely popular around the country.

“Kids from London and Scotland came to the camp so it has really taken off,” he said. “The camp has been full and we are attracting people from all over the country. It is quickly becoming known as the best hockey camp in the country.

“They (the players) love giving something back to the kids and doing what people did for them when they were young.

“Our team is a strong believer in giving something back to youngsters in Sheffield. Most of my players help out with the coaching. Greg Woods, my captain, does a lot; Ben Morgan and Steve Duncan really try and work hard with the kids.”