The Steelers are great at talking about their past stars. They hang several retired shirts in the Motorpoint Arena to remind fans of such legends as ‘Rocket’ Ron Shudra, Ken Priestlay and Tony Hand.
Perhaps though the Steelers should look at one of their present members of staff and the impact he is having on not only this season but the past five.
Jeff Legue is a superstar of the Elite Ice Hockey League and certainly of the Sheffield Steelers. In just five years he has scored over 130 goals, won two League Championships, two Play-Off Championships and been voted on the EIHL All-Star team.
He’s the real deal and in my opinion should be looked at in the same way as many of the former greats that came back to Sheffield in August to celebrate 20 years of the Steelers.
For four years Legue set about rebuilding the Steelers offence alongside Joe Talbot. This season, without Talbot, he has found two line mates in Mike Ramsay and Colt King and together they’re leading the Steelers back to the top of the table and into another league championship dogfight with Nottingham and Belfast.
Playing three games in three nights was always going to be tough for Ryan Finnerty’s side, yet with the pressure on they came through and collected all six points.
Last Saturday evening in Fife the Scottish fans couldn’t put Legue off as he again scored both of Steelers goals in a vital 2-1 victory. Home and away, tough and easy games Legue shines. Overtime winners against top-of-the-table Belfast, game tying goals in the most difficult of rinks, Cardiff. It doesn’t matter where, Legue comes to the party.
He has you on the edge of your seat. Legue doesn’t do quiet; he leads, he wants to be ‘The Man.’
This is his team now and Legue takes pride in being one of the club’s Captains, a leader and a go-to guy in times of need.
We all love our sporting superstars and in Jeff the Steelers have one in his prime. A burst of Legue speed can take your breath away, the quick release of his one-timer on the power-play has goalies grasping for thin air as the net behind them explodes.
How many years before the Steelers raise his shirt into the rafters alongside Tommy Plommer, the man whose number he shares? How many years before we all realise than rather than speaking about those great Steelers stars of the past, we have a great Steelers star of the present right here, right now.
Sheffield, right under your nose you have a sporting great. Many of you won’t even know his name, many of you won’t know what he looks like but I’m telling you that he’s one of the finest Steelers players the city has seen in the past 20 years. 0Call into the Arena and see him play one night. It’s something very special and you won’t regret it.
Sheffield Steelers v Dundee Stars, Sunday, January 15, Motorpoint Arena, face off 5pm. Tickets: 0114 2565656