Steelkings Slay Dragons!

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Sheffield Steelkings won their first ever game on foreign soil on Saturday, beating France’s Rouen Dragons 2-0.
 
Barry Grayson and Jake Oakley struck early in the first and third periods respectively to secure a comfortable victory. Rouen had speed in their line-up but Steelkings got off to the best possible start as Grayson’s speculative effort from the right of the Rouen zone found its way under the goaltender’s blocker and over the line to give Sheffield the lead at 3:31.
 
For the rest of the period the Steelkings looked comfortable but struggled to break through Rouen, who kept bodies in front of goal and tried to use their speed to launch counter-attacks.
 
The Steelkings looked to extend their advantage in the second period and find a way to make their pressure count. But it was Rouen who had the best chance of the period on a breakaway, only to be denied by Steelkings Goaltender Tom Wilton, who superbly saving the one-on-one.
 
Rouen continued to frustrate the visitors in the third period until the Steelkings finally extended their lead with a powerplay goal: Oakley received a feed from Grayson and saw his shot hit a Rouen defender and looped over the goaltender at 33:12.
 
Rouen had an opportunity to pull one back on another breakaway, but the Steelkings defence kept their shooter wide and Wilton again saved well.
 
Steelkings had late chances to extend their lead. First t was Oakley who forced the goaltender into tipping a shot onto the crossbar and shortly after Wayne Plummer had a close-range effort blocked on the line, but they were unable to further their lead.
 
“I am so proud of each and every one of the Steelkings who travelled to France,” said Steelkings Chairman Jake Oakley. “We were completely against the odds but came back with a victory”.
 
“We had a long drive, with a small team and some of which are very new to the Steelkings. We faced a strong team which was bolstered with players from other French teams; but our hard work and commitment shone through!”

“We are very grateful to the Rouen Dragons for inviting us for an absolutely brilliant game. Their hospitality was great and we have had a wonderful time and we hope to return the favour in the future”.

 
“Our first ever game outside of the U.K has been an amazing experience and we can’t wait to do it again in the future.”
 
It turned out to be a good day on the continent for British Para Ice Hockey as the Cardiff Huskies also travelled to Belgium to beat the Antwerp Phantoms 3-0 too.
 
Words: Mike Rhodes
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🚨 TEAM SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

This time we have someone new to announce!

As we start to turn our attentions towards the 2019 season, we are proud to announce a new team sponsor for 2019!

Welcome to the kingdom Daydreamer Travel!

It’s great to have you joining the Steelkings family!

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🚨 TEAM SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

As we start to turn our attentions towards the 2019 season, we are proud to announce we have another returning sponsor for 2019! Once again we welcome back 19eleven to the Steelkings family!

We are very grateful for the continued support of the Steelkings and para ice hockey here in Sheffield!

19eleven

🚨 TEAM SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

As we start to turn our attentions towards the 2019 season, we are very proud to announce that Cross Check Clothing will be returning to the Steelkings family once again!

We are very grateful for Cross Checks continued support of the Steelkings and para ice hockey here in Sheffield!

Cross Check also designed our brand new ‘Hail to the Kings’ T-shirts that we had on sale during our Kings Cup game. Make sure you check out our stall when we next play and check them out!

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🚨 TEAM SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

As we start to turn our attentions towards the 2019 season, we are proud to announce that Irwin Mitchell will be returning to the Steelkings family once again!

We are very grateful for Irwin Mitchell continued support of the Steelkings and para ice hockey here in Sheffield!

Irwin Mitchell

🚨 TEAM SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

As we start to turn our attentions towards the 2019 season, we are proud to announce that AMG Superalloys will be returning to the Steelkings family once again!

We are very grateful for AMG’s continued support of the Steelkings and para ice hockey here in Sheffield!

AMG

The French are coming! The French are coming!

We have some exciting news for you, on February 10th we are welcoming Para Ice Hockey HCCA Dahu 63 to Sheffield for a game between our two clubs!!!

HCCA Dahu (from Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE) will travel to Sheffield to face the Steelkings in a full length game in just under THREE WEEKS TIME!

Steelkings chairman, Jake Oakley, had this to say about the fixture: “Everyone at the Sheffield Steelkings are very excited that we can finally announce this fixture against our friends from France. We’ve been working on the details since late summer and we can’t wait to face them now.”

This will be a first for both clubs and we are very so happy to be welcoming them to IceSheffield and the Steel City!

HCCA Dahu chairman, Gillian Horny, also added: “We can’t wait to play against the Steelkings! It will be a great trip and one to remember.”

As always, this game will be completely free to all spectators and we really want to get a big crowd watching our first international competition!

So make sure you save the date and tell everyone you know to come down to IceSheffield as we look to defend the kingdom!!!

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Elves win the Winter Blast!

‘Team Elf’ found themselves the winners of the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club’s first ever Winter Blast game with a late goal securing a 2-1 victory over ‘Team Santa’

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The teams were made up of players from the Steelkings who decided to put on a free Christmas exhibition game as a thank you to the public for their support over the last year.

The Sheffield Steelkings won a National Lottery Award in September thanks to public support and to say thank you, put on this exhibition game.

The Steelkings were also joined by a very special guest on the evening, Sheffield strongman, Phil ‘Titanium’ Roberts who was on hand for the ceremonial puck drop before the game started and to award the Player of the Game awards at the end too.

A dominant first period by Team Elf saw many chances saved but the team, couldn’t find their way past Bryan Hackworth in the Team Santa’s goal. Both teams had chances but it was Team Elf who came the closest.

Team Elf v Team Santa

The tough and physical contest saw both sides battling hard, much to the crowds excitement.

The first period came and went and would end scoreless.

The game remained tied for over half of the second period too and saw Team Santa pushing harder to try and take back some control of the game.

Goalie changes half way through the game saw Warren Hewett replace Bryan in the Santa goal and sledge hockey newbie, Tom Wilton replace Gary Whiteley in the Elf goal.
Shortly after the goalie changes the game really started to heat up. The hits became bigger as both teams desire to win started to become obvious.

A long clearance by defenceman John Oakley caught Warren by surprise and he allowed the puck to hit his goalie pads and bounce out to a surging Barry Grayson who slotted it into the back of the net to give Team Elf the lead.

This was a blow that would take the wind out of the sails of Team Santa.

The score would remain 1-0 going into the third period. Following a team talk in the period break Team Santa came out strong and continued to push back in an attempt to tie the game.

Their pressure was rewarded when Wayne Plummer passed the puck to Matthew Franklin who was racing down the left wing and fired a shot straight past Tom Wilton in the Elf goal.

The game was now tied and would see the crowd getting closer to the edge of their seats.

The score would stay tied at 1-1 until just a couple of minutes from the end. With under two minutes left on the clock Jake Oakley raced through the Santa team to pounce on a loose puck.

The shot went hard and high on the Santa goal but was spectacularly saved by Warren Hewitt to make up for his earlier blunder.
With a flash of the glove Warren scooped the puck to the corner for the game to remain tied.

Unfortunately for Team Santa, Rachel Paget was following the play down the left wing and played the puck back across to Jake Oakley who had circled to be front of the goal once again.

Hewett wasn’t able to save the second shot by Oakley who released another hard and high shot for goal number two.

This goal would prove to be the game winner and would see Team Elf win the first ever Winter Blast game 2-1.

Feel the Winter Blast!

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Following the success of our first ever ‘Fire & Ice’ game, your Sheffield Steelkings are very proud to bring you our first ever ‘Winter Blast’ game!

We love to shout about our sport and what better way than to have another FREE exhibition game for all you lovely people!

Consider it our Christams present to you (and it certainly beats getting socks).

So, invite your friends, family, neighbours, work collegues and anyone else you can think of and let’s continue to spread the game of para ice hockey!

As well as an exciting game, we’ll also have a raffle, a tombola and a selection of merchandise on sale! (We might even have some little treats for you too!)

REMEMBER, it’s completely FREE ENTRY for all spectators! So mark your diaries and we’ll see you at IceSheffield on the 14th December!

#DontQuitDoIt

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Last night we hosted an amazing Learn to Sledge session in conjunction with our sponsors, Irwin Mitchell and friends.

Irwin Mitchell are passionate about helping us spread the amazing sport of para ice hockey and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.

We have more photos to follow on our facebook page  but we had to share this one first!

An amazing night with amazing people. Thank you to everyone involved. We hope you had as much fun as we did