A Case for the Defence
Steelers head coach has confirmed that both Davey Phillips and Sam Jones will return to the club for the upcoming Elite League Season.
Phillips joined the club from Manchester Storm in 2016 after additional spells in Hull, Belfast and Coventry with further seasons spent in the United States and Denmark.
Phillip’s has iced 265 times in Orange and presently sits in 20thplace in the clubs all time appearances scoring 10 goals and 65 points.
Jones joined the Steelers from the Fife Flyers ahead of the postponed 2020/21 season, he later went on to make his debut for the club in the recent 2021 Elite Series
Announcing today’s news head coach Aaron Fox said “I’m really excited to announce the return of Davey and Sam to our group.
“We all know what Davey brings to the table and is just so solid and keeps the game simple.
“Davey always plays in concept and is willing to play physical, kills penalties and do the little things needed to win games. Davey is such a funny guy for the dressing room as well.
“Sam is a young and talented 2-way defenseman who I really liked in the Elite Series. He skates well for his size makes good decisions with the puck and should only get better and more comfortable as the season goes on.
“We know that Sam can play in all situations and should have a really good year. He’s also a guy who has shown he’s willing to stick up for his teammates whenever needed”.
Playing his 6thseason in Sheffield Phillips said “It will be so good to get back to a regular hockey season after the last 18thmonths of uncertainty.
“I think most people know that Sheffield is where I want to be, winning games and trophies. We showed in our last full season together the steps we had made, winning the cup and pushing the Devils for so long
“This coming year we will be trying to go one step better and bring the league title home”
For Sam Jones, a player who had agreed to join the Steelers for the abandoned 2020-21 season the Elite Series was a glimpse of what lies ahead “When I originally agreed to join the Steelers I was very excited and then came the disappointment of the cancellation of the season” he said “the Elite Series showed me what an organisation I was joining and ever since then I have been telling anyone who would listen about my move to Sheffield
“I feel like I won’t be joining the team cold after spending time over there in the series and then with several of our players at the World Championships. I’d like to think I got on well with my team mates and that makes the move for the season ahead so much easier
“You can tell that in Sheffield it is all about the hockey. You get to the rink for training or a game and everything is done for you so all you have to think about is playing. It’s a very professional set up and one I am looking forward to joining full time very much”