The Sheffield Steelers playoff winning captain of 2014, Steve Goertzen has announced his retirement from playing duties at the age of 31.
Goertzen played 109 games for the Steelers between 2012 and 2014, scoring 35 goals and 57 assists for 92 points.
Signed by Ryan Finnerty from Czech side, BK Mlada Boleslav in the summer of 2012, Goertzen arrived in Sheffield as an experienced and well travelled professional. Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002, Steve went on to play 68 NHL games with Columbus, Arizona and Carolina and a further 461 AHL regular season and playoff games.
As part of his time in Sheffield, Steve studied at the University of Sheffield and successfully obtained his MBA in the summer of 2014.
In his final year as a Steeler, Steve briefly took upon coaching responsibility in addition to his playing duties following the departure of Head Coach, Doug Christiansen. In only his second game in charge, Goertzen received a serious concussion but showed his fighting spirit to recover in time to play a pivotal role in Steelers’ 2014 playoff winning campaign. It was of course Steve Goertzen who made that famous play to Drew Fata for the overtime winner in the playoff final against the Belfast Giants.
Following success with the Steelers, Steve moved to Coventry where he again played a crucial role and finished his career a champion with the Blaze. In the 2015 final and his last game as a professional player he scored the opening goal as his side went on to beat the Steelers 4-2 in the 2015 playoff final.
The Sheffield Steelers would like to thank Steve, his wife Sam and their family for all their time with the club and wish them all the very best of luck and success in the future.