Wise heads will help Sheffield Steelers

Jonathan Phillips in action against Coventry Blaze 22/03/14
Jonathan Phillips in action against Coventry Blaze 22/03/14

Gerad Adams believes the experienced nature of some of his new Sheffield Steelers’ imports will help the new team settle in quickly.

The arrival of eight new imports - and the fact they will only have had three hours ice time together before they host Coventry Blaze tomorrow - implies a quick learning curve for the new boys.

“The number of new players means its a high turnover but its not a concern because we’ve got the older guys” said the coach.

“If we had a lot of young guys we might have a problem.”

The new crop includes forwards Pascal Morency, Jay Latulippe and Colton Fretter, who are 32, and d-man Darrell Hall, 34.

“Experienced players pick things up quickly - they’ve done it before” said Adams.

“New teams sometimes gel instantly other times if might take a while.

“I will give them the basic guidelines and see how they play. If it doesn’t work I’ll change it up quite quickly, we can always go back if we need to.”

Adams said it was a bonus to have Rod Sarich back in the side: “He knows the league and the style of play inside out.”

Meanwhile new signing Mathieu Roy says it is an interesting experience to join a new team after six campaigns at Florida Everblades. “I want to win - that’s my goal” he said.

Steelers have two friendlies against Blaze, this weekend