Local teen signs for the Steeldogs

Tom Barry of Sheffield Steeldogs
Tom Barry of Sheffield Steeldogs

A Carlton teenager is celebrating a contract with a professional ice hockey club, after impressing in their junior development programme.

Thomas Barry, a former Outwood Academy Portland student, has been part of the Sheffield Steeldogs ‘prospects’ scheme for 12 months, and his improvements have landed him a full-time role at the club.

The 16-year-old, who also plays for Sheffield Ice Hockey Academy, has travelled with the English Premier League Steeldogs to home and away games this season, dressing and sitting on the bench to lap up the experience – and crucially earning some time on the ice.

His career in the sport began at the tender age of 10, when he joined Sutton Sting, before a move to Sheffield to play for their Under 12 squad.

An imperssive junior career followed, leading to representative honours with the English national team at Under 15 and Under 16 level.

The gas engineering apprentice has also been part of the Ice Hockey UK ‘GB Prospects’ coaching programme, which identifies players who could make the step up to the Great Britain Under 18 and Under 20 squads.

The defenseman’s father Neil told the Guardian: “He’s improved loads through the Steeldogs programme, and been involved in all their games this season.”

“He’s signed to play for them next season, and we’re very proud of him.”

Barry has also represented GB at roller hockey.