Ice Hockey: ‘Huge’ defence pleases Jason

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Sheffield Steelers winger Jason Hewitt says the new-look defence will tower over some rivals this coming season - as well as himself!

Doug Christiansen’s newly assembled squad have some strapping recruits who make him feel shorter than his 5ft 10ins frame.

Speaking after the club’s first training session under the new coach, the Mancunian foward said: “As with every year, the first session is always tough and that was no different. It was nice to get on the ice and find your feet though.

“It is so hard to judge anything after the early sessions but I can say it looks very promising,” said Hewitt, who will be 30-years-old tomorrow. “I think the thing that stood out for me was our size. I didn’t realise as we signed guys through the summer how big we were, especially at the back end. I felt smaller than I normally do.

“The defence is huge and very mobile. I think that is very good for us and not so pleasant for those playing against us.

Hewitt, who is embarking on his eight season at the club, scored only three times in league play last year. The club’s hierarchy feel he did not play to his full capacity during the Ryan Finnerty era.