Sheffield Steelers goalie Frank Doyle retires

Frank Doyle, extreme left, with Andy Jaszczyk, Josh Unice, Geoff Woolhouse

Frank Doyle, extreme left, with Andy Jaszczyk, Josh Unice, Geoff Woolhouse

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All Steelers players - barring retiring goaltender Frank Doyle - have expressed an interest in returning to Sheffield to defend the Elite League title next season.

Doyle was the rock Steelers were founded on until an old hand injury flared up and he had to sit out the back end of the season.

The Canadian knew if he had played on he could have wreaked lasting damage.

He has now formally told the club he is to hang his skates up.

While the rest of the title-winning squad wants to return - some on bigger pay packets - a few, at least, will be disappointed.

All previous sides, successful or not, have been tinkered with and in some cases dismantled in the past.

Some at the Arena think it important to bring down the age of the squad - and they have started that process by agreeing terms with two-way player Luke Ferrara, 21, taking him full time from Peterborough Phantoms.

Ferrara was an EPIHL Play off Champion at the end of the season with his home town club.

He made himself available for Steelers 22 times - and clearly impressed coach Gerad Adams with his effort and willingness to learn.