Sheffield Steeler Zack is not missing Braehead Clan

Steelers’ enforcer Zack Fitzgerald has shrugged off any suggestion that he will have made a mistake by joining the club if his old side Braehead Clan win the League.

The 30 year old American joined Sheffield in the Summer break after the South Yorkshire club had won the championship.

Zack Fitzgerald - down but not out. Pic Dean Woolley

Zack Fitzgerald - down but not out. Pic Dean Woolley

Recent results have made it less likely they are going to repeat the feat.

Braehead are seven points behind leaders Cardiff but have four games in hand and are said to have a less difficult run-in, in their Gardiner Conference - although they lost 4-2 at Fife Flyers last weekend.

Fitzgerald is a leader in the Sheffield dressing room and on the ice - he scored a crucial equaliser at Belfast Giants to help lead his side to victory on Tuesday night.

The d-man says if Clan win the title will have no bearing on the wisdom of his decision to come to Sheffield Arena.

“I am happy with my decision, I am happy where I am at” he said.

“I like our team here...we have a tough division, it is a battle every night for points and I am happy where I am.”

Asked for his view over whether the northern conference was easier he replied: “Well, I am not going to get into that, but you have got Edinburgh kind of losing all their players.

“Some other teams at the bottom of the league, when they see the finish line, sometimes they kind of let up a bit.

“Braehead are doing well and they have the chance to turn it on against those teams - I wouldn’t say it’s easier but I think they have the benefit of the doubt right now.

“I would be upset for sure (if someone else won the league) I want to win. I want to be on the winning team and I’ll be upset whoever wins, if it’s not us.

“I am here to win, I am a competitor and that’s how I am going to look at it till the end. I am going to fight and do whatever I have to do to get those points and get us as close as we can and I know our team is going to do that as well.

“We are not going to give up, we are going to battle, right to the end.”

Steelers’ win in Belfast put them in second, five points behind Cardiff, with a game in hand.

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