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Sheffield Steelers Latest News

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.

Applications for 2021/22 car park season tickets are available here. 

Below you will find all the latest close season Steelers info...

Latest News 6 August:-

The fixture list for the 2021/22 season is out - lots of stand out dates click on the link to plan when you will be coming back to the House of Steel https://sheffieldsteelers.co.uk/fixture-list/ 

Latest News 5 July:-

2021/2022 team is taking shape, already confirmed are:- Captain Phillips, Brendan Connolly, Justin Hodgman, Anthony DeLuca, Tanner Eberle, Big John Armstrong and with Steelers Continental Cup participation confirmed excitment is definately building at the House of Steel for a very special season.

Latest News 16 June:-

The Steelers are back and will be skating out onto Sheffield Arena ice on Sunday 19th September when they take on arch rivals Nottingham Panthers in a pre-season exhibition game.

It will be the club’s first home game since 29th February 2020 when the Steelers took on the Fife Flyers.

Steelers and the Arena are presently planning a ticket launch and will shortly provide ticketing and pricing information.

“It will be a proud moment leading the boys out at home once again” said captain Jonathan Phillips “There has been many times when I’m sure we have all wondered when this date would come. Now we can write it in the diary and have a great night to look forward to.

“I think Nottingham will be the perfect opponents, fans and players alike will relish putting on a show against them”

The Panthers will host the Steelers the night before (Saturday 18th September) in Nottingham in the first of this two game exhibition series.

Ticket prices & on sales detials to be announced shortly - click here for the latest updates.


Latest News 20 May:-

Steelers car park season tickets for the 2021/2022 season are now on sale - click here to book.


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.

Click here to view the free highlights and to book your next livestream fixture. 

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 Aprilclick 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.”