JERRAMIE Domish says he quit Sheffield Steelers in favour of playing for a “more experienced” coach.
The offensive-minded defenceman won the Elite League title last season under rookie coach Ben Simon, who has himself since departed.
The American blue-liner decided his career was best served by not signing for another rookie team boss, Ryan Finnerty, opting instead for Coventry Blaze and Paul Thompson, who has been at the Blaze for 16 years.
The 31-year-old told The Star: “Tommo is well connected around the European leagues and that, plus his experience as coach of Great Britain, may help me find a bigger and better club in the future.””
When The Star pointed out that he would have had a European shop window for his talents in the Continental Cup with Steelers, this coming season, he replied: “That’s very true, but I have just made a personal choice.””
Domish recorded a point in every other game for Sheffield and was an exciting spectacle as he roamed forward from defence. Asked if he felt he now had a better chance of winning the league in Coventry, he said: “Any team near the top of the Elite League can win it this year, Coventry have just as good a chance as Sheffield, Nottingham Panthers, Belfast Giants...””
Domish, who had a short spell with Esbjerg in Denmark in 2009, had previously been linked with a move to HC Neumarkt Wild Goose in Italy and was clearly thinking of moving around the end of last season. Thompson commented: “Jerramie is exactly the type of player that this club has been crying out for since Neal Martin moved to Denmark a few seasons ago. He’s a real character both on and off the ice and, again, that will be great for this club.”