SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Ice coach frets over ‘hormone’ rival

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Steelers’ Ryan Finnerty has accused rival coach Paul Thompson of having “hormone” problems after loading up his roster with tough guys.

Some fans want Sheffield to sign a “heavyweight” following recent moves in the market by Nottingham, Cardiff and Coventry.

“Blaze are going down a different route to the rest of us” said Finnerty.

“Most teams will sign a heavyweight and I’m sure we will be no different but Thommo seems to be signing three or four. We can’t change our team building plans because Thommo’s hormones are getting excited. We have confidence in the route we are taking. We need tough guys that can play and preferably on the back end. I could sign a killer winger right now but I’m not sure we need toughness in the forwards. I’m more concerned with signing good forwards that will bring us more speed and skill.

“Our fans need not worry about toughness, we will have some. It’s more important that we aren’t scared and looking through our line up I don’t see one player who plays scared. Steelers didn’t win with Brett Clouthier, Jeremy Cornish or Colt King. We did win with Steve Munn, who brought toughness and could also play well. My focus is on finding the right player.”

The Star understands Sheffield are currently running the rule of 6ft 4ins Canadian left wing Adam Henrich, a former AHL man who has been playing in Italy with Alleghe and Asiago.