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SHEFFIELD STEELERS

The Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team play at the Sheffield Arena (Motosport Arena) and play in white, orange and teal shirts.

Look at the results pages to check on their performance and the fixture list:- Results and Fixtures Page

The club is currently owned by Mariani Phillips.
Press/Media - Dave Simms

Club Honours
1993/94 - Play Off Championship runners up
1994/95 - Play Off Championship Winners, League Winners
1995/96 - Play Off Championship Winners, League Winners B & H Winners (Grand Slam)
1996/97 - Play Off Championship Winners
1998/99 - Challenge Cup Winners
1999/00 - Challenge Cup Winners
2000/01 - Play Off Championship Winners, League Winners B & H Winners, Challenge Cup Winners (Grand Slam)
2001/02 - Play Off Championship Winners
2002/03 - Challenge Cup Winners, League Winners
2003/04 - League Winners, Play Off Championship Winners
2005/06 - British Knockout Cup
2007/08 - Playoff Championship Winners
2008/09 - Leage Winners, Play Off Championship Winners
2009/10 - 3rd Place In Europe (Continental Cup)
2010/11 - League Winners
2013/14 - Playoff Championship Winners

Visiting the Arena
See our Sheffield Arena page for directions, etc.

History of the Steelers
The Steelers were formed in September 1991 and play out of the Sheffield Arena. The Sheffield Arena provides a perfect venue for the Steelers where crowds of up to 9,000 have seen some cracking games. At the moment, the team are averaging attendances around 3,500.

The Steelers currently play in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). This is the highest professional league in the country. This league is made up of 10 teams. At present, teams are located in Belfast, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Dundee, Braehead and Sheffield.

The Steelers are one of Sheffield's most successful clubs, having won many trophies since they were formed.

They started in English Division 1 in thier inaugural season before gaining promotion to British League Division 1. Their rapid assent continued until the 93/94 season where they reached the Premier Division. They also qualified for their first playoff final.

95/96 Season saw them capture the League and playoff trophies.

The Steelers were Grand Slam winners in season 95/96 (winning the Benson & Hedges Cup, the League and the Playoffs).

The Ice Hockey Superleague was set up for season 96/97 that started out with 8 teams.

The Steelers were Challenge Cup winners for three years running starting with season 1998/99. In 98/99 they beat nearby rivals Nottingham Panthers 5-0 in a match played in Sheffield. They retained the trophy against the same opponents in 1999/2000 winning by 2-1 and kept hold of the trophy for the third year by beating the Ayr Scottish Eagles in the final in Belfast.

Season 99/00 saw the club finish second in the league, win the Challenge Cup at London's Docklands Arena and finish as play-off semi finalists.

In 2000/01 the Steelers completed a memorable Grand Slam comprising the Benson & Hedges Cup, League, Challenge Cup and Playoff Titles. The only other team to win all four trophies in one season are the Ayr Scottish Eagles who completed this feat in the 1997/98 season. They finished an incredible 19 points clear of the nearest rival at the top of the Superleague table.
The Challenge Cup Final was held in the new Odyssey Arena in Belfast in front of a full house of 7,300. Ayr were the opponents and Steelers won 4-2.

They are the only team to have won 7 trophies in the Superleague era.
Their playoff success came against the London Knights who they defeated 2-1 in a very tight game at the Nottingham Ice Centre to take the Playoff crown.

After a turbulent start to the 01/02 season, the players turned things around to retain the playoff title they won last year. They overcame the London Knights (3-2) in the semi-final after going 0-2 down early on and beat the Manchester Storm (4-3) in the final. With time running out the Steelers were losing 2-3 before Chris Lipsett tied the game to send it to overtime. This failed to separate the teams so penalties were required. Steelers netminder Ryan Bach saved all five Manchester attempts whilst Brad Lauer was successful for the Steelers. This was again played at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham in front of a full house. This makes them the only Superleage club to retain the title.

Normal service was resumed regarding the Challenge Cup with it being brought back to its rightfull place in the Steelers' trophy cabinet following a 3-2 victory over near neighbours Nottingham. This is the fourth time that the Steelers have won this competition.

In a very tense game on the last day of the 02/03 season the Steelers clinched the league title in Nottingham with a goal with three minutes remaining. They fininshed above Belfast by one point in the closest league title race for a number of years.

In the 03/04 season, the Steelers repeated their league success, winning the title by a massive 16 points.

The 07/08 season saw them get back to winning ways when the picked up the Playoff trophy in front of a sell-out crowd at the NIC in Nottingham. They overcame the Cardiff Devils in the semi final before shutting out the Coventry Blaze 2-0 in the final.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

  

Sheffield Arena Box office - 0114 256 56 56,
Supporters Club - 0114 2560571
Sheffield Steelers Office - 0114 242 3535, Fax 0114 242 3544
E-Mail sheffsteel@freeuk.co.uk


Fixtures & Results
Official Sheffield Steelers Site
Steelers Fans Forum
Sheffield Arena Local Hotels
Latest Steelers News
Steelers Merchandise from Ebay
Supporters Club
Song: The Good Old Hockey Game

STANLEY CUP
Did you know that America's most famous trophy, the Stanley Cup, started its life and was made in Sheffield more than 100 years ago? The Stanley Cupultimate prize in North American ice hockey was made in Sheffield in 1892 and today 30 teams spend nine months competing to win it. The huge silver trophy was originally comissioned by Lord Stanley, the Earl of Preston and Governor General of Canada, for 10 guineas (approx. £800 at today's values). The original trophy was the top bowl, measuring 7 and 1/2 inches high and 11 and 1/2 inches across. The bottom section (where all the names are added) was added in 1909. The cup now measures 35 and a 1/4 inches high and 18 inches wide at the base and weighs 32 pounds. There are currently more than 2,200 names on the trophy. Every player that wins the cup gets to spend one day with the trophy. The cup is on the move for 250 days a year.

ICE HOCKEY BOOKS

Lord of the Rinks
By Ken Priestlay

Sheffield Sports Teams Page

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OTHER TEAMS' LINKS:-


Belfast Giants
Official Site
Belfast Giants Forum - Kingdom of the Giants

Cardiff Devils
Cardiff Devils Offical Site

Coventry Blaze
Official Site
Hull Stingrays Official Site

Nottingham Panthers
Official Nottingham Panthers Site
Panthers History
Panthers Forum - Panthers Cage

Premier League Teams

Basingstoke Bison
Basingstoke Bison Official Site
Guildford Flames Official Site
Official Manchester Phoenix Site
Milton Keynes Kings Official Site
Peterborough Phantoms Official Site
Slough Jets Official site

Misc.
Elite League Official Site
IH-Update (Game coverage)
British Ice Hockey.co.uk (providing latest scores)
Ice Hockey UK - Governing Body
Euro Hockey.net
The Internet Hockey Database
A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey
The Puck Stops Here - Fanzine
Rink Directions
Hockey Photos.com
GB Supporters Club
Hockey Fights.com



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