The former NHL All-star and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Tom Barrasso joined the Steelers following three successful years in Asiago of the AlpsHL. Tom enjoyed a stellar playing career, winning two Stanley Cups during his twelve-year stint in Pittsburgh with the Penguins. It was a whirlwind beginning to his professional hockey career moving straight from High School to the National Hockey League.
A round 1 draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1983, Barrasso won the Calder and Vezina trophy in his first season and in 1988 was traded to the Pens. His playing career spiralled and not only did he pick up his two cup rings, but also a silver medal with Team USA at the Salt Lake games of 2002.
After retiring from playing, Barrasso was named Goaltending Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007 and was eventually promoted to the Canes Assistant Coach position two years later. A move to Europe followed in 2012, becoming an Assistant Coach in the KHL with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. After short spells at HC Slovan Bratislava and Italian side Valpellice., he then became Asiago Head Coach in 2016 where he went on to win an Italian Cup and AlpsHL championship.
Tom Barrasso was announced as Head Coach of the Sheffield Steelers on October 10 2018, seven days after former Head Coach Paul Thompson resigned from his position.
The veteran defender put pen-to-paper on a second year in Sheffield that would also see him join the coaching staff as Assistant Coach. ‘Maddog’ as he is known, enjoyed a successful first season for the Steelers posting a total of 49 points.
Matheson, who was the recipient of the Coaches Player of The Year award for the 2017/18 season, was rewarded for his exceptional on ice displays but also his display of leadership in the dressing room. With over 380 AHL games as a player, Owner Tony Smith felt Matheson fit the bill well to help with on and off ice task with the Head Coach.
After attracting interest from many clubs at the end of the 17/18 season, the contract that was presented to the Canadian was too good to turn down saying: “It’s something I’m looking forward to. It was presented to me and was something I thought I could do a good job with.”
Appointed in the summer of 2015, Danny is tasked with ensuring that Sheffield’s players are the strongest, fastest and best prepared in the UK. He aims to achieve this by working closely with like-minded sports scientists at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University. Danny looks to research in the fields of Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition and Biomechanics to ensure his work is scientifically underpinned and monitored.