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Hull Pirates put faith in new netminder to help silverware bid

TALK about pressure. Netminder Vlastimil Lakosil makes his Hull Pirates debut on Wednesday night with plenty of expectation on his experienced shoulders.

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Shefield Steelers; players celebrate during their 6-5 win over Coventry Blaze on Saturday. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers emerge with maximum points haul against dogged Coventry Blaze

SHEFFIELD STEELERS expected life to be tougher against Coventry Blaze over the course of their double-header weekend – just maybe not quite as tough as it turned out to be.

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LEGEND: Tony Hand pictured with the Benson and Hedges cup after the Steelers' victory over Nottingham Panthers.

British legend Tony Hand to be inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame

FORMER SHEFFIELD STEELERS star Tony Hand admitted he was “hugely honoured” to be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

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Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Greg Wood.

EPL: Double blow for Sheffield Steeldogs but Greg Wood finds plenty of positives

SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS may have drawn another blank in the English Premier League at the weekend but they drew nothing but praise from player-coach Greg Wood.

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Paul Thompson

Steelers warned: Paul Thompson wary of Blaze threat to Sheffield’s title dreams

BACK on October 30, Sheffield Steelers romped to a 6-1 win at Elite League rivals Coventry Blaze, completing a comfortable double for the weekend.

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ON TARGET: John Armstrong grabbed two goals against Edinburgh. Picture: Dean Woolley.

HIGHLIGHTS: Sheffield Steelers 5 Edinburgh Capitals 2 - Steelers slowly close gap on title rivals

HEADING into the final three months of the season, Sheffield Steelers are aware the odds may be against them lifting a third straight Elite League title.

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Sheffield Steelers' captain, Jonathan Phillips Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers v Edinburgh Capitals - Confidence high as Steelers look to haul in title rivals

JONATHAN PHILLIPS believes Sheffield Steelers have come out of the hectic festive period in good spirits as they turn towards the ‘business end’ of the season.

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Hull Pirates' player-coach Dominic Osman

No pressure: Hull Pirates in relaxed mood ahead of ‘special’ Cup semi-final

HULL PIRATES’ player-coach Dominic Osman says his players should “seize the moment” in order to reach a cup final in what is only the club’s second year of operation.

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TOUGH AT THE TOP: Belfast Giants' Blair Riley battles with Sheffield Steelers' John Armstrong  during Saturday's clash at the SSE Arena. Picture courtesy of William Cherry/Presseye/EIHL

Good trip? Why Sheffield Steelers’ weekend away in Belfast was worth it

PAUL THOMPSON hailed an “outstanding” effort from his Sheffield Steelers team after they returned home from their double-header weekend at Elite League title rivals Belfast Giants with three points.

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CONFIDENT: Sheffield Steelers' Levi Nelson. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Return of Andreas Valdix is timely boost for Steelers

NOBODY needs to tell Sheffield Steelers’ forward Levi Nelson how big his team’s double-header at Belfast Giants is this weekend.

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GOOD TIMES: Hull Pirates have enjoyed a successful fdirst half of the season - but want to cap it off with a trophy. Picture courtesy of Lois Tomlinson.

EPL: Successful run just leaves Hull Pirates wanting more | Sheffield Steeldogs release Pavel Mrna

HULL PIRATES’ player-coach Dominic Osman admits his team is entering the “business end” of the season in their battle for the English Premier League title.

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Belfast will host this year's Division 1B World Championships tournament involving Great Britain.

State of the Nation - Ice hockey: Increased quality of domestic league needs to be replicated on wider stage

THE fact that the Elite League regular season title race went to the final weekend in 2016 was further proof of the increased quality of hockey now found in the UK’s top professional league.

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Aiming high: Why Sheffield Steelers fancy their title chances again in ‘second half’

TWO wins against the same opponent in as many nights has helped fuel Sheffield Steelers’ belief that they can go on and win a third successive Elite League title.

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VIDEO - Sheffield Steelers 2 Manchester Storm 1 - Steelers battle hard to get back on winning track

SURE it was far from pretty at times but, ultimately, Sheffield Steelers were effective in securing a vital New Year’s Eve win over a stubborn Manchester Storm.

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Sheffield Steelers' Andreas Valdix (Picture: Dean Woolley).

Sheffield Steelers v Manchester Storm: Key man Andreas Valdix closing in on Steelers return

ALTHOUGH he is often the first to promote the team ethic present among his Sheffield Steelers’ roster, head coach Paul Thompson admits he cannot wait for injured centre Andreas Valdix to return to the fray.

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HAPPY: Hull Pirates' player-coach Dominic Osman.

EPL: Hull Pirates not out title race yet - Osman | Steeldogs look to maintain hold over Phantoms

Dominic OSMAN has refused to rule his Hull Pirates team out of the English Premier League title equation – but admits the coming weeks will be crucial to their chances.

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Jesse Schultz, left, has been released by Sheffield Steelers. Picture: Dean Woolley

Misfiring Jesse Schultz shown the door by Sheffield Steelers

Forward Jesse Schultz has been released with immediate effect by Sheffield Steelers.

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PRESSURE POINT: Robert Farmer puts Ervins Mustukovs under pressure in the Sheffield Steelers goal during Tuesday night's clash at the NIC. Picture courtesy of Karl Denham/EIHL.

Nottingham Panthers 3 Sheffield Steelers 2 - Thompson considers his options for change

FOR the second night running the Sheffield Steelers lost 3-2 to arch-rivals Nottingham Panthers. For the second night running, Stanley Cup winner Jason Williams scored the game-winning goal.

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CRASHING DOWN: Steelers came loff second best at Sheffield Arena against arch-rivlas Nottingham Panthers. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers 2 Nottingham Panthers 3 - Steelers suffer bitter taste of defeat at hands of fiercest rivals

AS BOXING DAYS go, you could argue that not much more could have gone wrong for Sheffield Steeler.

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WHAT IT MEANS: Sheffield Steelers' Anders Franzon gets to grips with Nottingham's Jeff Brown the last time the two sides met in Sheffield. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers: Respect due as Steelers look to extend run over rivals

ALL in all, around 17,000 people will pack into opposing arenas to watch Sheffield Steelers take on arch-rivals Nottingham Panthers over the next two days.

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