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How the hockey world reacted to Liam Kirk being drafted by the NHL's Arizona Coyotes

THERE was an overwhelming sense of pride among British hockey fans on Saturday night after Sheffield Steelers' winger Liam Kirk was picked by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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WATCH: No time for Liam Kirk to celebrate as he jets off to Arizona Coyotes to pursue NHL dream

LIAM KIRK will have little time to express thanks to all his well-wishers after being drafted by the NHL's Arizona Coyotes - as he flies out immediately to begin development camp.
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Sheffield Steelers' Liam Kirk picked by Arizona Coyotes in 2018 NHL Draft

SHEFFIELD STEELERS' Liam Kirk is on his way to North America to begin the next phase of his career after being picked by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft.
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AIMING HIGH: Liam Kirk is set to be picked in Saturday's NHL Draft in Dallas. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Destination unknown for Sheffield Steelers’ Liam Kirk as NHL Draft arrives

WHILE IT is likely to prove one of the most momentous days in the whole of his career, Liam Kirk is determined to treat today just like any other.

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NEW FACE: Ryan Martinelli has made the switch from Belfast Giants to Sheffield Steelers.

O'Connor seals Swedish move as Martinelli bolsters Sheffield Steelers' defensive options

AS much as Sheffield Steelers will have been delighted to keep Ben O'Connor next season, the reality was that the GB international's future would lie elsewhere.

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RETIRED: Mathieu Roy has retired from the game through injury after four seasons with Sheffield Steelers' Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers' Mathieu Roy forced to retire through injury

SHEFFIELD STEELERS' plans for 2018-19 have been handed an unexpected blow after Mathieu Roy's shock decision to retire from the game.
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Tanner Eberle. Picture courtesy of Sheffield Steelers.

Former Sheffield Steelers coach Blaisdell backs promise shown by new winger Tanner Eberle

WHEN Tanner Eberle steps out on the ice for Sheffield Steelers next season he will do so on the back of a hearty recommendation from a trusted source.
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Josh McFadden. Picture submitted.

Research pays off as McFadden signs up for Sheffield Steelers

HAVING come straight out of university it seems only natural that Josh McFadden would put in the necessary research before making his next move.
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TRUE GRIT: GB's Ben O'Connor battles for puck possession against Hungary on Saturday night. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers’ star Ben O’Connor keeping his options open after KHL rejection

THE door remains open at Sheffield Steelers for defenceman Ben O’Connor – but he knows it will not stay ajar indefinitely.

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Liam Stewart, in action for Great Bruitain last year. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Concussion issue halts Sheffield Steelers deal for Liam Stewart

PAUL THOMPSON said player safety was paramount after seeing his bid to bring GB international Liam Stewart on board for Sheffield Steelers’ 2018-19 campaign thwarted.

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Josh Pitt. Picture submitted

Josh Pitt planning to fly high with Sheffield Steelers

FORWARD Josh Pitt believes he can “spread his wings” with Sheffield Steelers after making the switch for his first season outside of North America.

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ON THE UP: Sheffield Steelers' Liam Kirk will take part in the NHL Entry Draft in Dallas later this month. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers' Liam Kirk dresses to impress at NHL Scouting Combine

NHL hopeful Liam Kirk admitted it was a "special" moment after he became the first British-born and trained player to take part in the league's annual Scouting Combine.

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SEE YOU SOON: Defenceman Mark Matheson will be back for a second season at Sheffield Steelers. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Masterful Matheson sticking around with Sheffield Steelers

WHEN Sheffield Steelers' head coach Paul Thompson carried out his own version of the 'night of the long knives' at the end of the 2017-18 season, there were a handful of notable names who escaped the cull.
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Cole Shudra

Steelers mark Shudra as future prospect with Lightning loan

Forward Cole Shudra has signed a new two-year contract with Sheffield Steelers – but will spend next season on loan at Elite League rivals Milton Keynes Lightning.
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WATCH: NHL Combine invite gives Liam Kirk ideal stage to impress

AS he boards an aeroplane bound for New York later today, Sheffield Steelers’ Liam Kirk will be very much stepping into the unknown.

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Ben O'Connor - seen celebrating GB's gold medal triumph at the world championships - has sealed a move to the KHL with Barys Astana. Picture: Dean Wooley.

Video - Opportunity knocks as O'Connor exits Sheffield Steelers for KHL deal

DEFENCEMAN Ben O'Connor says an opportunity to become the first British player to play in the KHL was one he could not pass on.

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GB's players celebrate their gold medal success in Budapest last month. Picture: Dean Woolley

GB will revel in world championship underdog status, says KHL-bound O'Connor

BEN O'CONNOR insists there will be “no pressure” on Great Britain going into next year’s World Championships in Slovakia.
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ONE FOR THE FUTURE: Bradford-born defenceman, Jordan Griffin, has been taken on via Sheffield Steelers' apprentice scheme. Picture submitted Sheffield Steelers.

Apprentice scheme retains good value for Sheffield Steelers

IT'S a case of one in, one out at Sheffield Steelers after Paul Thompson unveiled another teenage apprentice at the Elite League club.
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BRING IT ON: Captain Jonathan Phillips celebrates GB's Division 1A gold medal promotion success in Budapest last month. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Sheffield Steelers' Jon Phillips ready to embrace biggest GB challenge yet

JONATHAN PHILLIPS is eager to test himself against the world’s elite after Great Britain yesterday discovered who they will face in their first top-tier World Championship tournament for 25 years.

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Jackson Whistle saves from Steelers' Mathieu Roy last season. Picture: William Cherry/Presseye/EIHL.

WATCH: Arrival of Jackson Whistle increases Sheffield Steelers' rebuilding options

PAUL THOMPSON believes Jackson Whistle’s best years are ahead of him after enticing the netminder to switch from Elite League rivals Belfast Giants to Sheffield Steelers.
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