Sheffield Steelers: Adams brought ‘creativity’

Gord Baldwin - Sheffield Steelers
Gord Baldwin - Sheffield Steelers

Gord Baldwin believes Doug Christiansen did a solid job at Sheffield Steelers - but that his replacement Gerad Adams inspired a new sense of creativity.

The 6ft 5ins defenceman will return for a second year at the Arena next season, under the command of Adams, who is busy trying to recruit those not on new or two-year contracts.

Baldwin says: “Doug did a good job; he brought us in (last Summer) and worked hard and did some good things. It is the nature of the business (that he was moved on.) But it was a decision that had to be taken.

“G (Adams) definitely refreshed the team and got everybody playing with a sense of confidence and creativity. There was a positive, enjoyable attitude. Sometimes there’s lot of pressure, but if guys are having fun they play their best hockey. Winning the Play Off final was the season’s stand-out moment. It was a nice way to end.”

Baldwin said that players who enjoyed the Play Off experience “will have more confidence after winning it. They will all want to win it again and the League, we’d like to win it all.

“The Play Offs were special, it meant we were the one team that didn’t end their season on a loss.”

Baldwin predicted Adams would “do a good job of recruiting the talent and personalities he needs. A team always wants to improve, score more goals, give up less.”