Sheffield Steelers goal hero confirms departure

Drew Fata celebrates after his wrist shot handed Sheffield Steelers the 2014 Playoff Final win
Drew Fata celebrates after his wrist shot handed Sheffield Steelers the 2014 Playoff Final win
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Drew Fata - whose goal won Sheffield Steelers the Play Off trophy - is upset that he has not been awarded another contract at the club.

The 30-year-old Canadian defenceman, whose bullet strike turned the team’s season around at a stroke, had hoped for a third campaign in South Yorkshire.

But a conversation with coach Gerad Adams put paid to that, this week.

Afterwards, he tweeted: “Disappointed the Steelers don’t want me back.”

Fata was behind only Tim Spencer in the penalty-minute stakes, last season and scored twice as many goals than any other Sheffield defenceman.

But Fata is now out of the picture, as is Aaron Nell, whose experimental two-day deal with Swindon Wildcats was not considered a success.

Steelers are looking for another British player to sign on similar terms, however.

Meanwhile, the club is pursuing a Canadian winger who has played in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

n Sheffield Steeldogs will play a friendly against a Scimitars All Stars team on Saturday, August 2.