Sheffield Steelers boss pits wits against old team

Gerad Adams in his Cardiff days
Gerad Adams in his Cardiff days

Sheffield Steelers’ new coach Gerad Adams has to wait only until tomorrow for the chance to get one over his old employers.

Fate and the fixture list have conspired to ensure Adams, moved out of the coaching position at Cardiff Devils late last year, will make his Arena home bench ‘debut’ against the Welsh club.

“It’s perfect for me” said Adams. “Everybody likes to do well against their old team and Cardiff are a team I know well and want to beat. It also gets it out of my system quick too.”

Adams, who pilots his new team tonight at Nottingham Panthers, thinks his side could meet Devils in the Play Offs. “Everything is so close in the League it’s crazy, so we could meet Cardiff, in which case it would be good to have a mental edge on them.”

Adams says he isn’t focusing on exploiting Devils’ weak links - more a case of dismantling their stronger points. “On our big ice, I want to see us challenge them with our skating” he said.

Meanwhile Sheffield Steeldogs skater Andy Hirst has revealed how he and his team-mates love annoying Manchester Phoenix fans.

The Doncaster-born 21-year-old, speaking in the club programme about rival tams, commented his team-mates “enjoy beating teams like Bracknell and Peterborough because we enjoy beating their players. We also enjoy beating Manchester to beat their fans. None of us have any real rivalry with any of the Manchester players.

“We like beating their fans because we cringe at what a lot of them say. I was watching Phoenix TV and the degrading comments were embarrassing. They might have spent twice our budget but they’re not that much better than us. We are still a young team without the expectation they have to deal with and we have to use that to our advantage.”