Sheffield Steelers’ star gets ready to return

Steve Goertzen hopes to return to the ice this weekend and bring with him some of the offensive thrust his Sheffield Steelers’ side lacked last Sunday.

The Canadian underwent a shoulder operation on July 4 and hasn’t played since, missing last weekend’s 4-1 home loss to Nottingham Panthers.

Steve Goertzen (l) with new team mate Dustin Kohn

Steve Goertzen (l) with new team mate Dustin Kohn

Speaking on video at the star.co.uk, Goertzen said he wasn’t a patient hockey spectator -and didn’t like witnessing some of the perimeter hockey on display at the Arena. “Against Nottingham we failed to generate some quality offensive chances.

“We had some time in their zone, but (we were) a little bit more to the outside” he said. “In my opinion (we should) try to get pucks back the point and try to get in front of (goaltender) Kowalski and get some gritty goals. We can definitely generate some more traffic and use our speed in the offensive zone, cycling-wise. But at the end of the day you have got to get the puck to the net. Puck possession isn’t everything: you need to generate those chances and get those quality shots that get you scoring chances.”

Goertzen said that if he does return for the games at Edinburgh and Dundee this weekend, he won’t be shy in putting his shoulder to the test. “If I’m ready to go I will be ready to crash and bang. I’m not coming back with my toe in the water, so to speak, I want to dive in. I am not concerned about getting bumped around.”

n Sheffield Arena have apologised for “pre-pay” parking chaos outside the rink last Sunday - and reported problems fans had watching the game through the new plexi glass.

A spokesman admitted they had “teething issues with parking: “It didn’t work correctly and resulted in traffic issues that contributed to a delay to the start of the game. The venue has met with Steelers and we are working to ensure this isn’t repeated. We are also meeting the manufacturer of the rink glass to discuss its performance.”