With the 2021-22 Elite Season getting closer and closer Steelers head coach Aaron Fox confirmed that two of the clubs Challenge Cup winning side wouldn’t be returning for the year ahead.
Both Aaron Johnson and Aaron Brocklehurst played an import part of the 2019-20 season.
Johnson, the former NHL’er played 2 seasons for the Steelers with his second year being cut short with two lengthy injury lay-off’s whilst Brocklehurst joined from Austrian side Linz.
Fox said “AJ was super excited and ready to come back for the 20/21 season that was cut short. He’s a guy who is an absolute true pro and conducts himself so professionally on and off the ice and I was really excited to get a fully healthy AJ back for that year.
“With no season and a long time off Aaron has taken steps into some coaching back home. I keep in touch with him every couple weeks. He is such a competitor and I know loved his time with the Steelers in Sheffield
“Likewise, Brock, he came in and played such a steady calming game back there for us in 19-20.
“Such a smooth skating D that played in all the key situations for us. He Battled through some injuries and was great in our room.
“After the season he enlisted in the Canadian police force and knew that he wouldn’t be back. He played a key role in our challenge cup victory and progression in challenge Cardiff for the league title.
“I just wanted to go on record in thanking them both for their time and professionalism and wish him nothing but the best in the future.
“They leave a hole in our defence, one I’m trying to fill right now with players of their quality and attitude”