Andreas Jamtin has sent a barbed message about the quality and organisation of British ice hockey, after ‘discovering’ that his time with Sheffield Steelers is over.
He claims he was never told explicitly that his services would be required next season - although being dropped for last season’s Play Off Semi Final and Final at Nottingham may have been a hint.
Jamtin criticised the salary he’d received in England, claimed Steelers should make wholesale changes, and bizarrely stated that they needed to mirror what big-spending Manchester City had done in football.
Jamtin had been granted leave to go home to Sweden before the end of the 2017-18 season for paternity reasons, returning for the Play Offs.
He iced in the quarter finals against Guildford Flames but didn’t do a lot and was benched for the rest of the series.
The Star understands the Swede left the UK quickly after the Final before the routine “exit meetings” that coach Paul Thompson had with the rest of his playing staff.
This week, when The Star asked about his future, Jamtin, 35, who had previously earned big money in top leagues like the KHL and the SHL, replied: “ I haven’t heard anything from Steelers.”
The forward hadn’t seen any of the end of season publicity - or Steelers’ own website - detailing the number of players leaving the club. He said: “They haven’t told me anything, face to face.”
He added he did not know where he would be playing next season but: “For sure I am not playing for that money that I did in Sheffield.
“I don’t know what my teammates made in salary, (but) compared to rest of the hockey world it’s a low salary for playing 50 plus games.
“They (Steelers) need to do the same changes as Manchester City did...If they want to go the right direction and that includes the coach, players and everybody around the team.
“It’s like going back five years compared to rest of Hockey Europe.”
As for the British League format, the veteran said: “It’s pretty different compared to rest of the hockey world how the system is working.
“For me you play a regular season then you play a play-off and that’s it...too many trophies that you don’t know anything about... and what means the most?
“I think that system is strange, looks like soccer to me, not hockey...something they have to change to develop UK Hockey.”
However Jamtin reserved some praise for off-the-ice matters in Sheffield.
“It was an unbelievable crowd and people that work outside the team make a great atmosphere in the Arena. That’s something that sticks out compared to others place that I played in.”