If you go down to iceSheffield on Saturday, you’re sure of a big surprise ... hopefully a rink full of teddy bears!
Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs are hoping people will come and support their extra special game against Milton Keynes Lightning which will be in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
Player-coach Andre Payette is appealing to all ice hockey fans to spread the word but most important of all, they need to bring a new teddy bear with them to toss onto the ice when the Steeldogs score their first goal (hopefully!).
These will then be collected and distributed to sick children before Christmas.
There will also be a Bucket Collection on the night.
Andre said: “Most families have benefitted at some time or other from Children’s Hospital care and facilities and this is our opportunity to give something back.”
Tickets are available on the door, adult £9, concession £6.50, child £3.50 (under-8s free), family £20 and the first 400 who buy a ticket will receive a free gift.
Steeldogs, who are currently second in the English Premier League, have already beaten Milton Keynes this season but Payette and his team know they’ll be in for a tough night.
They have just completed a lung-busting three-games-in-four-days series that saw them beat Manchester for the first time in their EPL history, 4-1 and then turn round a 5-2 scoreline in the final period against Bracknell Bees to push the match into overtime and a penalty shootout to win 6-5.
Not surprisingly, they ran out of steam at Peterborough Phantoms 24 hours later and diped to a 5-2 defeat.
They looked down and out against Bracknell but two goals from ace marksman Janis Ozolins and a power play goal from skipper Greg Wood, his second of the match, levelled it up at 5-5. In the penalty shoot out, Man of the Match Wood won the two points for his side on the fifth attempt.
Ozolins netted both goals in the Phantoms clash. For more details go to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk