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All the latest Steelers ice hockey news
The 2019 - 2020 season will certainly be remembered for some real highs & lows. Back to winning ways on the ice as the Steelers beat Cardiff to lift the 2020 Challenge Cup. Pushing for the league title in front of record crowds and breaking into Europe's Elite League top 28 teams with an average home attendance of 6,610. Then the season was cut short with the dramatic news that all Elite League teams had agreed to the cancellation of the league.
The relationship between the Steelers, Arena & SCTLive goes from strength to strength and we cant wait to get the ice back down and hosting the best value for money family sporting entertainment money can buy.
Below you will find all the latest close season Steelers info...
Latest News 12 May:-
The Elite Ice Hockey League is pleased to announce key dates for the 2021/22 season and the return of a full, top-flight ice hockey season in the UK.
League games are scheduled to start on the weekend of September 25th & 26th and run all the way through to the Playoff Finals Weekend on April 23rd & 24th, 2022.
The Elite League will hold the annual fixtures meeting as usual at the end of June with the full schedule coming out in July. More information including League, Playoffs and Challenge Cup format are expected to be announced in the coming weeks...
Latest News 3 May:-
The Elite League Series has come to an end - a fantatsic tournament and congratulations to everyone involved & Notthingham Panthers for taking the Series - click here for more pictures and stories. We now look forward to and start planning for the 2021/2022 season with the only element missing from the Elite League Series - you the FANS 🍊 🏒 🥅.
Latest News 14 April:-
The Elite League Series is now in full swing with The Steelers heading the table after the first 11 games.
Ice hockey fans from across the UK are tuning in to the live streams and with some high scoring & entertaining fixtures the Series is going down a storm.
Latest News 29 March:-
Didn't think we would be saying this but the Steelers are back & on the ice ahead of their first fixture v Nottingham 3 April - click here for all the latest pictures.
Latest news 25 March:-
Watch all 12 of the Steelers 2021 Elite League Series - click here for further details available from Elite League TV.
Latest News 9 March:-
Over 5,600 households tuned into the #2021EliteSeries draft on Monday evening as Sheffield, Manchester, Coventry and Nottingham selected seven rounds of British / National Team players to add to their squads.
Earlier in the day the four teams had selected their retained list comprising of five players each.
Aaron Fox chose Jonathan Phillips, Davey Phillips, Robert Dowd, Liam Kirk and Brendan Connolly.
Latest News 4 March:-
Listen to Steelers owner & Elite League Chairmen Tony Smith talk to BBC Radio Sheffield about the Elite League Series.
Latest News 3 March:-
2021 Elite Leagues Series confirmed for April to May 2021
The Elite Ice Hockey League today announced that professional ice hockey will be played in the UK this season!
The EIHL has been given the green light to start the 2021 Elite Series in April, which will see four teams taking part in a five-week mini-season. The Coventry Blaze, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers will contest a regular season with 24 games in total, culminating in a best-of-three Playoff Final series. All games will be played at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, and will be available to stream online from the beginning of April.
This entire event will be organised under the government’s Elite Sport Guidance, with regular testing and a full COVID-19 protocol in place.
"A lot of people have worked very hard in many different organisations to get us to this point, and we are extremely grateful for their time and effort over the past few months," explained Elite League Chairman Tony Smith. "We cannot wait to get back out on the ice again!"
Smith also explained what the make-up of teams will look like in the streaming series. "Our number one priority in the Elite Series is to make sure that most of the Great Britain national team players are included. We have already been working with Pete Russell to ensure that as many of the players that he has in mind for the World Championships in May, as possible, will be included, if they’re not already playing abroad. In addition to this, we are hoping to provide roster spots for as many other elite British players as want to play in this series, regardless of which teams they played for last season, plus a fine complement of import players that will ensure compulsive viewing for all hockey fans in the UK and beyond."
He concluded: "All of this combined means we can promise our fans that these games will stay true to the Elite League product they know and enjoy. Everyone is raring to go and, although it will be behind closed doors, I hope the 2021 Elite Series gives our fans back some of what they’ve been missing since September."
Great Britain Head Coach Pete Russell added: "It’s superb news that the Elite League are going to be active this season in this mini-series. Firstly, it’s great for ice hockey in the UK; and secondly, it's great for the British players to be able to get back to some normality and get active before the up-and-coming World Championships.
"Many of the potential players in the squad will now get competitive ice time ahead of May’s tournament in Latvia. Some of them haven't played in a long time and others have had interrupted seasons, so it was vital they have some competitive matches ahead of a massive tournament where we will, once again, play the best teams in the world.
"Great credit must go to everyone involved for getting this sorted and off the ground in such a short space of time."
More details about the schedule, format, and rosters will be released in the coming days.
Latest News 2 February:-
No Elite League Season 2020/21
Yesterday we heard the full details of the Government’s Winter Survival package for the English Elite League teams. It was to begin season 2020/21 with no fans and government support only in the form of loans. To start on that basis would threaten the very future of professional ice hockey in the United Kingdom.
The Sheffield Steelers are delighted with the support that has been afforded to Belfast, Cardiff, Dundee, Fife and Glasgow by Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales and Sport Scotland respectively, which is focused on helping them survive this very difficult period, during which no Elite League games have been played since March 2020. The five English Elite League teams look forward to continuing their dialogue with Sport England to deliver a similarly positive outcome.
The Elite League’s focus is to ensure the successful launch of season 2021/22, currently scheduled to begin in September, building on the record attendances of season 2019/20 and cementing our position as the #1 attended indoor team sport in the United Kingdom.
Click here to here Tony Smith’s BBC Radio Sheffield interview & click here to listen to Nottingham Panthers owner Neil Black BBC Radio Nottingham interview.
Latest News 12 January:-
Shortly before Christmas, the Elite League’s five teams in England were given details for the final funding application process, following the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports’ initial announcement of government support on 19 November
Elite League Chairman Tony Smith explained how things currently stand: “Sport England opened the application procedure for funding a week before Christmas, and all five English teams are currently going through this process. We have been informed by Sport England that a final decision regarding funding for the Elite League will be made on 15 January, so we hope to be in a position to know and share more shortly after that.
“We would have loved to have been able to move forward earlier, and did the necessary planning in case that was possible, but the timescales are out of our hands. What we have planned in detail is to make sure that we have a full testing protocol for players and staff, were we able to play following Sport England’s decision. We believe that working with a full testing protocol is the only responsible way to resume playing ice hockey in the UK at senior level.
“We will continue to follow Sport England’s application procedure and thank them for their ongoing assistance.”
Click below to listen to Tony speaking with BBC Radio Sheffield January 2021
Latest News 26th November:-
Further update from the Steelers following last week’s announcement by the DCMS of a ‘Winter Survival Package’ which included the Elite League - following further discussions with Sport England and DCMS, it has been confirmed the funding allocated last week relates to teams in England only, with separate funds made available to the devolved authorities under the Barnett formula.
League chairman Tony Smith explained where this puts things as of now: “We are not losing sight of the fact that we applied for government help as one Elite League across four nations. While the funding that covers England is extremely welcome, our next steps are to try to secure similar possibilities for the remaining five teams (Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Dundee Stars, Fife Flyers & Glasgow Clan).
“Until we know more, there is no guarantee that these nations will allocate funding for ice hockey. We are calling on the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to assess the options available to all teams in their regions as soon as possible. The EIHL will do everything it can to assist these teams in requesting funding from their devolved administrations, and take the lead in the process where required.”
He continued: “What we do also know now is that the funding is only available to us if we put an Elite League level product on the ice, and that it is not a ‘blank cheque’ – everything in England will need to be applied for via Sport England to ensure funds requested are appropriate and proportionate to putting a product on the ice. There are a lot of different aspects that we will continue to look at over the next few days and weeks, when we have a clearer picture of how things stand across all parts of the UK we will keep our fans updated. We’re still some way from being able to guarantee something might happen in early 2021, and again I’d ask for everyone’s patience while we continue to find out more information.”
Latest news 19th November:-
The Elite Ice Hockey League has welcomed today’s announcement by the UK Government that ice hockey has been included as part of the £300 million ‘Winter Survival Package’ across a range of sports, with an initial allocation of £4 million being made available to the EIHL.
League Chairman Tony Smith explained that it will take some time, however, to decide what exactly this means for a possible return of top-flight ice hockey in the UK:
“We need to take a look at the finer details of the support package available, and how it should be used, before we can make any further comment about what this means going forward. It will be important for us to understand how much of the funding is made up of grants or loans, as that will have a large impact on how we can proceed, together with any additional requirements we need to fulfil from Sport England who will now take control of the funding process.
"As a league, we were quite clear over the summer that we needed fans in arenas or government support in order to play, and in this regard today’s announcement of funding is extremely welcome. However, I’d like to ask our fans to let us assess what exactly is available to us, and what possibilities this may or may not open up before we come back to you. There is a lot more detail still to come from the DCMS and Sport England that we need to know, and above all it’s important that we consider the sustainability of the entire Elite League both now and over the next few years before we make any final decisions.”
Latest news 22nd September:-
Emails are currently being sent out to all customers who purchased Sheffield Steelers Car Park Season Ticket 2020-2021 - a copy of the correspondence is available just in case any of the emails do not arrive at their destination...
Dear Steelers Car Park Season Ticket Holder,
As ever, thank you for your support and commitment to both The Steelers and the Arena, particularly over the past few challenging months.
Even though there has been no on ice activity, all of us here at the Arena have been in constant communication with The Steelers, working on plans for a new season and beyond. I am sure you will be as excited as us about one of the biggest of these projects that was completed earlier this month - the installation of the new ice plant here at the House of Steel.
However, as the EIHL recently announced the suspension of the 2020/21 season we must address our plans for the car park season ticket you have purchased.
Quite clearly our preferred option would be to roll the car park season ticket over to the 2021/2022 season and If you can keep your car park season ticket this of course would greatly help us at the Arena for a whole host of reasons. However we also understand that this may not be an option for all.
Should you require a refund we will be able to organise this through our ticketing provider Ticketmaster and their customer service team - please click here to start this process.
Should you have any questions you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is far from ideal, however due to our current circumstances email is currently the only way to contact us until our venue can re-open.
Please take the best of care of yourselves and each other and I really hope we can all be together celebrating another Steelers victory in your hockey home, The House of Steel very soon.
Latest news 15th September:- EIHL Board Suspend 2020-21 Season
On Monday 14th September video conference call, the 10 teams unanimously agreed that they cannot commit to a 2020-21 league season starting on December 5th as previously planned, and the season will be suspended.
League Chairman Tony Smith spoke on behalf of the ten member teams: “We’ve been very open that we need to have fans back in our arenas for us to begin playing again. We operate around 75% to 100% capacity at our venues and this is the level of crowds we would need in order to go ahead at any point, which isn’t a realistic option right now.”
“Government compliance along with the safety of our players, officials, staff and fans is paramount to this decision.”
“If government guidance and support were to change, some teams may be ready to revise their plans to return to play and would need a minimum of 8 weeks to prepare.”
“We are looking into the possibility of some form of top level ice hockey in the UK potentially taking place in early 2021. This could start in late January or early February and go through into late June, but may not include all teams and again this is dependent on crowds being allowed back inside venues.
“We continue to speak with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations about their plans for the return of fans to arenas that would enable this to happen, but having a full EIHL season starting in 2020 with ten teams is now beyond us, unfortunately.”
Latest news 1st September:-
Join the Steelers on Thursday 3rd September at 8pm over on their Facebook page for a Facebook live discussion with owner Tony Smith, head coach Aaron Fox & 2 special guests - click here to watch.
Latest news 22nd August:-
For this week's Steelers hockey round up we join Steelers TV for 2 specials looking at the 10 years that Mark Thomas, Jason Hewitt & Jonathan Phillips played togethor for the Steelers along with a festival of hockey celebrating over 20 years of Steelers hockey at the Arena - click here to watch.
Latest news 12th August:-
This week Steelers owner & EIHL Chairman Tony Smith talked exclusively to BBC Radio Sheffield about the return of ice hockey, budgets & the Continental Cup - interview available here.
Steelers have signed Ben Churchfield as back-up goaltender next season joining from junior hockey in the United States. Ben grew up as a fan watching the Steelers at the Arena and playing in the junior develepment programme across the road at IceSheffield. Surely an inspiration to the young fans in the Arena watching their idols that they can one day ice at the Arena and fulfill their boyhood dreams - well done Ben.
Latest news 22nd July:-
The new state of the art ice plant has now arrived at the Arena and is now being installed - click here for full story.
Latest news 15th July:-
The ten member teams of the EIHL have outlined a roadmap for a return to ice hockey.
In their latest conference call, all teams voted to approve plans for season 2020/21 which would allow for pre-season games in November, with the regular season starting with the Magic 5 Weekend on December 5th & 6th.
The regular season would end on the weekend of May 1st/2nd followed by the playoff quarterfinals and then the Playoff Finals weekend in Nottingham on May 15th/16th.
A fixtures meeting has been tentatively scheduled for the beginning of September.
EIHL Chairman Tony Smith explained:
“There are 2 factors that we need to consider with any return to play plan; 1) we need 6 to 8 weeks from the time we know we can play in order to complete our teams, get work visas in place, book flights, buy equipment, etc and 2) We need our fans. We cannot play behind closed doors or with very limited capacity, it just isn’t an option.”
All ten teams are committed to playing the 2020/21 season, although a final decision on being able to resume top-flight ice hockey games in December with crowds will be led by the guidance from the UK Government and devolved administrations.
Latest news 3rd July:-
Coming to the House of Steel next season as Steelers will be John Armstrong, Aaron Johnson, Marek Troncinsky, Tanner Eberle, Sam Jones, Brendan Connolly, Anthony DeLuca, Marco Vallerand, Robert Dowd, David Phillips & James Bettauer all were anncounced on Super Steelers Thursday - click here to watch coach Aaron Fox's interview on player announcements & upcoming season.
Latest news 22nd June:-
The IIHF have confirmed that, subject to Government travel restrictions, Sheffield Steelers will face a trip to Asiago in Italy in Round 2 of the 2021 IIHF continental Cup.
The Steelers have been drawn into Group E of this season’s adapted format alongside:
Asiago Hockey (Italian hosts)
Team TBD from Ukraine
Winner of Group B (Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, Mladost Zagreb, Buz Beykoz Istanbul or Irbis-Skate Sofia)
The 2021 event format will mean four groups in the Semi-Final stage, with only the group winners progressing to the Final as opposed to two teams from two groups made it to the final four in previous years.
The fixtures are scheduled to take place from 13-15 November, with fans urged NOT to make travel arrangements for this event at this stage.
Latest news 16th June:-
More Steelers Summer Training action - this time Danny Mawer is joined by with Robert Dowd & Jonathan Phillips - click here to join in or just watch.
Latest news 14th June:-
Catch the Nine Days of Madness that follows the build up to the Steelers victory in the 2017 Play Off Final - watch the action here.
Latest news 10th June:-
Join David Simms, Seth Bennett, Chris Ellis & Owen Bradley as they review key moments & players in the Steelers & Nottingham Panthers rivalry - watch the video here.
Latest news 27th May:-
Signing alert #20 and our Captain Jonathan Phillips is back for his 15th Season at the House of Steel & is the first of this coming seasons signings to be announced - watch the video here.
Latest news 24th May:-
Join the Steelers strength & conditioning coach as he puts us all through the teams Summer Training routine in Episode 2&3 - click here to join in!
Latest news 12th May:-
Want to train like a Steeler & eat like a Steeler then watch the teams strength & conditioning coach Danny Mawer as he talks us through a few exercises we can do at home and gives us some advice on staying healthy and some meal options. Danny also talks about how he is helping the Steelers players during this lockdown period - click here to view.
Get those season ticket applications in - The extended end of season deadline for existing season ticket holders to reserve their seats has ends Thursday 14th May, 2020....
Latest news 5th May:-
In line with Steelers season tickets that are already on sale the 2020-2021 Steelers car park season tickets are now also on sale and will be available until August 2020 (date subject to change & availability).
Tickets for those renewing their season ticket remain the same price as last year, £108 (subject to a £2.50 processing fee plus 95p postage, no postage charge for mobile), and this will cover the 25 season ticket games. In addition, as last season ended with three Steelers fixtures at the Arena still remaining there was also three unused car parking for these fixtures. As the Steelers are going to include these three remaining fixtures into all renewed season tickets we would also like to offer free car park admission to these three fixtures. Once the fixture list is produced and the Steelers confirm these specific games then the car park will also be free for these fixtures to the 2020-2021 Car Park Season Ticket Holders who renew for the forthcoming season - dates will be advised.
Please be aware that the Arena Box Office has sent out emails to all customers effected to explain the procedure, however we do not have an up to date email for all customers and due to the current lockdown procedures the Arena is unable to contact these customers until our return to the venue - please accept our apologies and we kindly ask that this message can be shared across the Steelers community.
New applications will be priced £120 (subject to fees) and include the regular 25 Season ticket games only.
To renew your Steelers Car Park Season ticket click on the FIND TICKETS button below - then select either the existing or new season tickets.
All tickets will be checked and then issued in September.
Head of SIV Live Dom Stokes would like to thank you for your continued support of the Steelers & the Arena :- “What a season we all saw play out this year. Not one of us could have ever expected or imagined the twists and turns that happened on and off the ice. From the adrenaline ride of chasing for the league title, that unbelievable Challenge Cup win a little over a month ago now and then the heart breaking and emotional abrupt end due to this terrible COVID 19 pandemic. Through it all the team at the FlyDSA Arena, SIVLive and Sheffield City Trust have been proud to be a part of this with you all.
We are now looking forward and planning, where we can and clearly where appropriate of course, for the time when we can all enjoy our ice hockey again hence the announcements we are making. At the moment however quite rightly we should all be focused on ensuring we all play our part in defeating this pandemic. We must take heed of all the government advice and we must at all costs stay safe and protect the NHS. I do however look forward to the day in the hopefully near future we can all be together at the House of Steel”.
If you have any questions for the Box Office please email email@example.com who will try to assist. At the current time and in line with the latest government advice our offices and call lines are closed so we are only able to accept online applications or correspondence via email - as such we ask that you only contact us if absolutely necessary and thank you for your patience during this very busy time - we will get back to you.
Latest news 30th April:-
The Sheffield Steelers have confirmed that the End of Season deadline for existing season ticket holders to reserve their seats has been extended until Thursday 14th May, 2020.
Operations manager Shaun Smith said, “With the offices closed and the general conditions in the Country we felt extended this date for another two weeks was fair and reasonable. We have collected all of our post from the office and we are delighted at the amount of applications already received. We have in fact already had over 200 application from NEW season ticket holders which is most encouraging.
“Please remember when returning your application forms whether you are a new or existing season ticket holder that you can do so either by post to the Steelers office, by hand to the letter box next door at the Steelers Sports Bar or by e-mailing myself firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Latest news 21st April:-
The EIHL have held their weekly conference call and all clubs are continuing to move forward with plans for a 2020/21 season whilst monitoring scientific advice on when our buildings can open again and the league could start.
As fans are aware, the EIHL plans to launch next season with a two-day Magic 5 competition held in Nottingham where all ten clubs will play a meaningful derby game which will count towards total points in the end of season league table.
With last season’s Playoff finals cancelled, many fans have also given their support to the event by transferring their POFW tickets over to this exciting new event.
The EIHL can today confirm that they have set a very provisional date of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2020 for the Magic 5 weekend with the regular league and cup season starting the following week. The end of season Playoff Finals weekend will be pushed back to a provisional date of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021. All of these dates are provisional and subject to government restrictions. The EIHL and its 10 teams will be working towards them, although with the caveat that both an extension or an easing of current government restrictions may bring further changes to this in the coming months.
Latest news 1st April:-
Lots has been happening over this week in terms of your game day and play-off tickets.
Let’s start with those of you who purchased game day tickets for the Steelers remaining home games at the Fly DSA Arena.
As we have previously stated, you are entitled to a full refund and the staff at the Arena are looking after this. Some fans have already received their refund.
In all SIV staff are returning funds to people who had booked for over 250 events. With limited staff some of the refunds are taking a little longer than first hoped.
The EIHL Play Offs / Magic 5 event.
The EIHL has this morning made the following statement. Read here
The league hopes that you will transfer your play off ticket to the Magic 5 event at the start of next season, however should you want a refund then the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham will arrange this for you. If you click the link above you will see the e-mail address for refunds, however in Sheffield’s case the tickets were purchased thtrough the SSSC.
So should you wish for a refund you would firstly e-mail the SSSC email@example.com
The information required is as following.
1. The name the tickets were booked under.
2. Exact tickets to be refunded .
3. Block row and seat numbers to be cancelled.
4. Sort code and account number.
Please note the SSSC will only refund to an account in the same name that the booking was made in.
Those not requesting a refund will have their tickets exchanged for a Magic 5 Weekend ticket.
Latest news 30th March:-
Elite League bosses have held a series of conference calls to discuss both the immediate and longer term future of the sport in the wake of the virus outbreak.
First and foremost the teams would like to thank fans for their patience and understanding.
The clubs cannot emphasise enough the need for everyone to stick to the guidelines, to self-isolate, to social distance themselves, to wash hands, and to make only essential journeys if any.
We want to see everyone again when the Elite League drops the puck again, whenever that may be and we’d like to remind fans the health rules are in place for a reason.
Topics discussed during the latest conference call which involved all ten clubs included the impact the early finish has caused to the league in general and the clubs in particular.
Other discussions touched on roster sizes and make-up, budgeting, the start date for next season and more. These items are scheduled for further discussion.
The league will update fans as and when firm decisions are made. Meanwhile, the clubs agreed that the players’ statistics for the prematurely ended season will stand as they were when the remaining games were cancelled.