Fixtures: Sheffield Steelers get quick chance to extinguish Coventry Blaze!

A desolate Ben O'Connor after losing in the Play Off final
A desolate Ben O'Connor after losing in the Play Off final

Sheffield Steelers will get an almost immediate chance to find redemption against the team that ruined the end of last season.

Their second game of the domestic season is a Challenge Cup September 12 match at Coventry Blaze, the side that beat them 4-2 in the Play Off final in April.

Six days earlier, they face off their Challenge Cup campaign at Cardiff Devils - that’s 24 hours after they have hosted the mighty Frolunda Gothenburg in the Champions League.

As The Star predicted in June, Steelers don’t have a domestic Arena home game until mid September - the 13th, to be precise, against Devils.

The champions will play half of their home games on a Sunday.

Their first League game is on the road at Dundee Stars, (Sept 26) while the first at Broughton Lane sees the arrival of Belfast Giants on October 3.

Sandwiched between those two (Sept 27) Sheffield fans will be able to see the new Elite League club Manchester Storm on home ice, in the cup.

Steelers’ first trip for many years to Altrincham Arena, in return, is scheduled for October 28.

The newly released fixture list for 2015-6 shows that arch rivals Nottingham Panthers have to travel to Attercliffe for the first time on October 10.

While the first domestic game at iceSheffield - not always a big attraction for the club - is against Edinburgh Capitals on October 14.

A candidate for the biggest game of the season falls on Boxing Day, with Nottingham again the visitors. They play away against the same opposition the following day.

The League season ends on March 20 at Fife Flyers.

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