Sheffield Steelers: Axed Wood focuses on proving Finnerty wrong

Ice hockey: Steelers
Ice hockey: Steelers

DANNY Wood bears no malice after being chopped from Sheffield Steelers line-up ... yet still aims to prove coach Ryan Finnerty was wrong to axe him.

Finnerty released the Sheffielder recently; he was immediately picked up by English Premier League Sheffield Steeldogs.

Wood said he was disappointed by Finnerty’s decision and felt he never had enough ice time to prove his worth. “The best thing for me now is to rebuild my confidence and play as much as I can,” he commented.

Wood will ice weekend matches with Dogs, but could play midweek for Elite League Hull Stingrays.

Speaking of his exit from his home club, Wood said: “I was disappointed because I’d thought I was something of a project at Steelers and was hoping for more ice time to prove myself. You can work as hard as you want in practice, but playing games is totally different.

“I thought I’d get my chance and then it would be up to me, sink or swim. But I didn’t get a fair crack of the whip, everybody knows that.

“At the beginning of the year I was in the shape of my life. A team normally get a few injuries and I expected to fill in, but that didn’t happen. It’s no good getting one or two shifts a game, getting cold, then going on and not doing much. Sometimes life isn’t fair but I’m being mature in dealing with it.

“My plan is to start playing as well as I can and try to make him (Finnerty) feel he may have made the wrong choice. It’s the only thing I can do.

“He is head of the team and I had to acccept his decision. The Steelers players were supportive and understand how frustrated I was at not playing. They have encouraged me.

“I am ambitious and want to be productive at Elite level. Steeldogs gave me a lifeline and I hope to repay them. I will get game sharp and build my confidence up. It might not be the last time I play in a Steelers jersey. I will always consider them my team.”