Ice Hockey: Sheffield Steelers crowned Elite League champions

Champions: Fans celebrate as Sheffield Steelers are crowned Elite League champions 2011.
Champions: Fans celebrate as Sheffield Steelers are crowned Elite League champions 2011.
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SHEFFIELD Steelers have been crowned ice hockey’s Elite League champions after they secured a 7-2 over Braehead Clan.

The Steelers finished level on 87 points with Cardiff Devils, who thrashed bottom club Edinburgh Capitals 9-2, but pipped the Welsh side for the title because they have won more matches in regulation time.

They won 40 of their 54 league matches - in regulation this term - compared to the Devils’ 37.

Belfast Giants finished a point behind both sides after they thrashed Coventry Blaze 7-2.

On a night of one-sided results Dundee Stars over-ran Newcastle Vipers 6-2 while Hull Stingrays were 6-1 winners at home to Nottingham Panthers.

FOR REPORT, REACTION, PHOTOS AND MORE SEE THE STAR ON MONDAY, MARCH 21, AND THE SHEFFIELD TELEGRAPH ON THURSDAY.