The Sheffield Steelkings 2017 season may now be over but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working hard behind the scenes.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have secured a Halifax Community Fund grant from the Halifax and Lloyds Banking Group!
Our very own Wayne Plummer is pictured with Senior Team Manager, Nicola Webster and Halifax Community Risk Manager, Chris Lambert as he receives the cheque on the club’s behalf.
This money is greatly received by the Steelkings and it will allow us to now buy new equipment for our ever-growing club. As many of you know, para ice hockey is not a cheap sport and we rely heavily on grants and sponsorship to allow new members to be able to play the game we love. So a big thank you must go to everyone who made this grant a reality.
The 2017 season was the most successful in our club’s short history. We finished third in the league and made our first ever playoff weekend. We are now in the process of building for the 2018 season.
Hopefully, this will be the first of many announcements as we build for the new season, working hard on and off the ice to be the Kings of the sport.
Now that the 2017 British Para Ice Hockey season is over, we at the Sheffield Steelkings, would like to thank everyone for supporting us throughout our best season to date.
We certainly wouldn’t have come as far as we have without the support of our amazing team sponsors, our incredible volunteers who gave up their time to make sure our training sessions and games ran smoothly and of course our loyal fans, who cheered us on through thick and thin!
We’ve grown both on and off the ice in our past three years and it truly is amazing to have so many people behind us who continue to move us forward as a club, as a team and a family.
Our mission now is to come back bigger and stronger for the new season and continue to build our way to the top.
So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who has helped us so far.
Bring on the 2018 season!
Sheffield Steelkings v Peterborough Phantoms (26/08/2017)
Final score: Steelkings 2 – 1 Phantoms (After Penalty Shots)
The final game of the British Para Ice Hockey league 2017 fell to the Sheffield Steelkings who welcomed the travelling Peterborough Phantoms to IceSheffield’s Bauer Arena, where both teams would do battle for the final playoff spot.
Both sides found themselves short on players but both fielding 8 skaters and a goalie for the crunch game.
Phantoms travelled to Sheffield knowing that only the three points a regulation win would bring, would be enough to make the playoffs, whilst Steelkings only needed a single point to secure their spot for the weekend in Hull.
The game started out evenly as both sides tried to create chances and control the flow of the play but it would be the Phantoms who would strike first.
A long shot from Kieran O’Meara (at 9.29) caught the Sheffield goalie, Rachel Rawson, by surprise as it took a bounce off her blocker and into a hole created under her arm. This also gave the Phantoms momentum as Steelkings tried to find a way to regroup.
The Steelkings weren’t without chances though. Shots came from all of the Kings forwards and a golden chance fell to Wayne Plummer who received a pass in front of the Phantoms net. However Rob Gaze was equal to the shot and everyone else’s, keeping the Phantoms lead alive.
Even though the Steelkings had outshot the Phantoms in the opening period the second started as the first had finished, with Phantoms keeping the Steelkings under pressure and the game could have gotten away from the Kings as Barry Grayson got a two minute penalty for Teeing (at 17.39).
Thankfully for the Kings, the Phantoms couldn’t take advantage of the extra man due to great pressure from Mark Briggs and the Kings defence core.
On return of Grayson, Steelkings started to push harder and harder and found some momentum of their own again. This was helped further as Phantoms Kieran O’Meara took a Slashing penalty on Jake Oakley (at 23.26) as they battled behind the Sheffield net.
Nothing came of the Steelkings advantage but there was a swing in the gameplay and Steelkings started to push hard again to break down the Phantoms defence.
The real change came following a battle in the middle of the ice which saw a loose puck chip into the Phantoms zone. Jake Oakley pushed hard to the puck and managed to over-take the final defender by beating him to the outside and cutting back in on net.
With nobody to challenge Jake it became a one-on-one with Phantoms Rob Gaze. The large home crowd erupted as the hard low shot beat the Great Britain netminder to bring the game back level (at 28.23) and light a new fire within the Kings.
The period came to an end shortly after and both sides returned to their benches to discussed tactics and take on water.
As the third period got under way the game became very tense for both sides. Both the Steelkings and Phantoms battled hard to try and break the deadlock and get the go-ahead goal.
The Phantoms found themselves under pressure early on as the Steelkings carried their momentum over from the second period.
This was helped further when Phantoms Kieran O’Meara got called for a second penalty (at 32.56). This time for Teeing behind the play.
Phantoms managed to fend off the Steelkings attempt to take the lead and then started their own attack.
Rachel Rawson with the help of Mark Colquitt, made a couple of key saves as time slowly started running out for Peterborough.
With only a few minutes to go Phantoms unfortunately lost Dave Threadgold after getting tangled on a hit with Rachel Paget.
Upon the restart, the Steelkings again took the game to Peterborough and really tried to break the deadlock in the final two minutes.
Kings were really applying the pressure to the Phantoms and despite their best efforts to clear the zone, John Oakley and Mark Briggs kept the puck from leaving the zone as the forwards tried to create an opportunity to strike.
However, with less than a minute to go the Steelkings very nearly came unstuck, when a loose puck was played to a high skating Scott Turner who chased it into the Sheffield zone but was chased down hard and the final attempt of the game was thwarted.
And with that, the whistle blew to mark the end of the period and Sheffield claimed the point they needed to make it to the playoffs.
But there was still more hockey to play and one more point up for grabs.
The game moved onto a five minute, four-on-four overtime period which would be used to try and determine a winner.
The Kings kept up their pressure and were the only side to register shots in the overtime period but again were denied by the fast reflexes of Rob Gaze.
The five minutes of overtime came and went and still the deadlock couldn’t be broken and so the game went to penalty shots.
Jake Oakley went first for the Steelkings. A steady approach saw him head towards goal and slot the puck through a gap under Rob Gaze as he dived to make the save.
For the Phantoms, Kieran O’Meara, Ali Amini and Scott Turner would all be denied by the pads of Rachel Rawson as would Sheffield’s Barry Grayson and Mark Briggs against Rob Gaze.
The lone goal by Jake Oakley was enough to see the extra point go to the Steelkings which in turn saw them leapfrog over the Manchester Mayhem and into third place in the league standings.
Unfortunately, the victory has also come at a cost to Sheffield.
The Steelkings will have to head into next weekend’s games without captain David Scivill.
David suffered an above the knee broken leg during a collision that saw a Phantoms player fall onto him in the first period.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Dave a speedy recovery.
The Sheffield Steelkings will now travel to Hull on the 2nd and 3rd September for the 2017 British Para Ice Hockey Playoffs, where they will face the Cardiff Huskies in the first game of the weekend.
We hope you can join us in Hull as we take the next step on our young club’s journey.
Sheffield Steelkings Man of the Match: #41 Jake Oakley
presented by Matthew & Natasha Franklin on behalf of Matrix Frames & Displays
Peterborough Phantoms Man of the Match: #8 Rob Gaze
presented by Gary Whiteley on behalf of Jersey 53
Shots on Steelkings: 7
Shots on Peterborough: 16
Your Sheffield Steelkings are excited to announce Irwin Mitchell as a new team sponsor for the 2017 season.
Founded by Walter Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield in 1912 the small legal practice has grown to be the 11th largest law firm in the UK with 15 offices throughout the country.
Irwin Mitchell developed their Don’t Quit Do It campaign to help raise awareness to the many benefits that taking part in sport can have to help people recover from serious injuries and major traumas. As well as Irwin Mitchell helping local and national clubs, the campaign encourages people to either take part or support disability sports and clubs throughout the UK.
Irwin Mitchell already has an involvement in the sport of sledge hockey and has sponsorship ties with both the Peterborough and Manchester teams.
Associate solicitor Lisa Fairclough, specialises in personal injury and knows the role sport can play in helping her clients after a life changing experience. She said:
“Through our work with people affected by serious injury and disability, we’ve seen how sport can aid rehabilitation and help people turn their lives around. With our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to encourage more people to get involved and enjoy these positive experiences.
“Be Part Of It, is about bringing the people together that make disability sport happen and showing, through pledges, how they make it possible. We’re proud to support the Sheffield Steelkings and clubs and charities up and down the country, to help raise awareness and make it easier for a new audience to take part.
“Para ice hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game and once you watch it live, it’s easy to see why it’s such a unique and special sport.”
Why don’t you join the campaign and pledge your support? Your pledge can be something you already do, something you want to do or something you never thought you could do. For every pledge the firm receives, they are donating £1 to the clubs and charities that make disability sport possible.
You can find out more about the Don’t Quit, Do It campaign at http://www.irwinmitchell.com/dqdi/about
Match report from our 10-2 win against Manchester Mayhem Para Ice Hockey Club on Sunday 18th June, by Jake Oakley:
It may have taken two-and-a-half seasons but the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club finally picked up its first ever victory in team’s history on Sunday (18th June).
The Manchester Mayhem were the club to take the title of being the first team to be beaten by Sheffield, in an emphatic display which saw the Steelkings thrashing the Mayhem 10-2.
Sheffield had been previously beaten by the Mayhem squad in an ill-tempered game in Altricham earlier in the season but bounced back in front of a packed IceSheffield home crowd.
Both teams had key players missing for the game but it was Sheffield who again could have found themselves on the wrong end of a big score line after missing both of their starting goaltenders.
It was forward, Jake Oakley, who found himself between the pipes for the Steelkings, having never played in goal for a sledge hockey game before.
Following the game Jake had this to say: “I’m so proud of this team for the incredible performance in front of me. Everyone stepped up their game to work together and they really pushed hard to get to every puck and win every battle.”
The Steelkings set the tone of the game very early and found the back of the net after only 33 seconds in – the first of many for Gary Farmer that night.
The game settled and it took a further eight and fourteen minutes for Sheffield to go two and three goals up. The third coming as part of a power play attack by Sheffield as Mayhem’s Pat Bailey got called with a ‘T’-ing penalty.
The second period started like the first and it took only 72 seconds for Farmer to put away his fourth goal past Manchester’s Dougy Hankinson.
Mayhem didn’t give up and kept pushing hard to test the Steelkings rookie goaltender several times in quick succession but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Goal five for Sheffield, saw Mark Briggs get his first as a Steelking just after the 25 minute point and the score stayed that way until the whistle went for the end of the second period.
As the puck dropped once more for the third period, it was Barry Grayson who opened the scoring for the Steelkings after tucking the puck away after just 58 seconds to make the game 6-0.
Farmer also found the back of Hankinson’s net 90 seconds later before Manchester finally found their way through the Sheffield defence. Anthony Booth finally got a frustrated Mayhem team onto the scoreboard after working his way into the zone for a shot with just over ten minutes left in the game.
Two more shots found the back of the net for the Steelkings, both within the 36th minute of the game. Again scored by Gary Farmer for his sixth and seventh goals of the game.
This was the followed only a minute later, with Mark Colquitt finding a loose puck on the back door for his first as a Steelking too. Mark’s goal took Sheffield’s talley into the dizzy heights of double figures.
Manchester weren’t finished though and a well timed play with only five minutes to play, saw captain Karl Nicholson, weave through the Sheffield defence and sneak a shot past the blocker of Oakley for their second of the game.
Shots and saves were then had by both sides but the final four minutes stayed even and the 10-2 score became final. This saw a new chapter written into the Steelkings history books.
Reflecting on the club’s first win, captain David Scivill, had this to say: “I’m seriously proud of everyone on that performance and we won that game as a team and a family.”
On scoring his first goal of the game an excited Mark Colquitt added: “It was Superb! All the hard work the team has put together and I feel I have officially contributed too. I always aim to hopefully set up other people’s goals but to get one myself, is a bonus!”
The Sheffield Steelkings now look to carry this form into their next game when they travel to face a strong Cardiff Huskies Para Ice Hockey Club on the 8th July.
Shots on goal:
Sheffield – Oakley – 16
Manchester – Hankinson – 26
Penalties in Minutes:
Sheffield – 0
Manchester – 2
Man of the Match:
Sheffield – Gary Farmer
Manchester – Anthony Booth
All the photo’s from the game can be seen in our album at https://www.facebook.com/1529045473982478/photos/…
Thanks to Peter Bradbury for filming the game
While you’re all enjoying your extra day off and the bank holiday sunshine (or rain), we thought it would be a good idea to give you a friendly (and slightly excited) reminder that our 2017 season starts this Saturday at IceSheffield with our opening home game against the Kingston Kestrels.
Face off is at 13:45 and we cant wait to show you (and the rest of the league) how hard we have been working and how much we have improved during the off season.
Also with a bit of luck, you’ll be able to see our new jerseys for the first time. Exciting times definitely ahead and we hope you’ll be there to cheer us on.
In November 2016, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced their intention to re-brand the sports that they are responsible for to make them more distinctive from their Olympic or Able Bodied equivalents.
Included in these changes is the sport of Sledge Hockey or Ice Sledge Hockey as it was also known, both names have now been replaced with the new name Para Ice Hockey. Therefore, with immediate effect the Sheffield Steelkings Sledge Hockey Club will now be known as the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club.
We would like to re-iterate our commitment to the club being available to everyone regardless of whether they are able bodied or disabled. We have always been an all-inclusive club and the IPC decision will not affect this.
You can see the IPC announcement concerning the changes here
Your Sheffield Steelkings are extremely pleased to announce Get Lucky Apparel as sponsors for the 2017 season
Get Lucky Apparel produce various high quality t-shirts you can get all the details on their Facebook page.
We would like to thank Rachel for her support and look forward to working with her over this season and in the future.
We still have sponsorship opportunities available, if you would like more information drop us an email at email@example.com
We’re back on the ice training again tonight, but before we do we have the pleasure of announcing Matrix Frames & Displays Limited as a new sponsor for the 2017 season.
Those of you who follow ice hockey in Sheffield will probably be more than aware of Matrix Frames already, but for those who aren’t they offer a fully bespoke mounting and framing service as well as authentic autographed memorabilia, you can visit their workshop and showroom in Beighton or you can call them on 0114 293 9939.
We still have other sponsorship opportunities available, if you would like more information please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we have no training tonight we thought it would be a great time to mention that we have another returning sponsor.
Phoenix Mobility have been a great source of support over the last couple of seasons and we were thrilled when Robert Fox agreed to continue to sponsor us for our 2017 season.
Phoenix Mobility are experts in mobility scooters and chair lifts, as well as many other household aids and equipment, you can contact them on 01909 730502 or visit their shop at 108 Doncaster Road, Langold.
We still have other sponsorship packages available, if you are interested in joining our hockey family, please email email@example.com