Sheffield Steeldogs believe they have one of the best players in the English Premier League.
Much-travelled Arnoldas Bosas re-signed for the iceSheffield side after spells in his home country Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland and Kazakhstan.
He has scored 25 points in 12 games and coach Greg Wood is delighted he never signed anywhere else in the UK.
The club has been hit by import injuries but Bosas, 26, has been an ever-present so far.
“‘Bos’ can turn a game on its head, he works hard every shift, he is a sniper. He has scored massive goals for us, he leads the team. Whenever Bos is in the team we know we have a chance” said Wood.
New import signings Donatas Kumeliauskas and Adrian Palak both received injuries in the opening game.
“We have had a really frustrating time recently” said the coach.
“We have been chipping away and picking up points. But the games we have lost have been by an empty net goal, or close on goals. We’ve competed in every game.
“It’s frustrating to have these unlucky, freak injuries - we are looking forward to having players back and working with a full team. We are looking forward to showing what we can do.
“All the players have been expected to step up to the plate and they’ve done a fantastic job”.
Whilst Palak is still out, Kumeliauskas made a return last Sunday as the team won down in Bracknell; “It’s fantastic having Donatas back in the team, he is man absolute heartbeat of the team, such a hard worker.
“He is a super talented player, arguably our best all round hockey player.
“Over the weekend he finally managed to get on the ice and he picked up two goals, a great achievement after a lay off. Having him back gives the whole team more confidence”.
The next home challenge for Steeldogs comes on Sunday from the Milton Keynes Lightning who are presently behind Telford in second place in the EPL.
MK will be playing the likes of Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League next season and Head Coach Peter Russell (GB coach) has been stacking up the talent in his team.
This will be Sheffield’s first meeting with the Lightning this season but Wood has a good idea of what to expect: “Any team Pete Russell puts out on the ice is going to be well organised.
“Looking at the roster there is a lot of talent on show – they are arguably the most talented team in the league. But as we have seen in the results around the league so far, the EPL is wide open; anyone can be beaten on any given night.”