Sheffield’s ruthless pursuit of success and growth claimed another victim today when the club parted company with assistant coach Darrell Hay.
Last Summer, Steelers sacked head coach Gerad Adams after he’d won the Elite League title.
In a similar vein, his replacement Paul Thompson has ended his first-year relationship with Hay, who played a managerial role in the club’s retention of the title.
Hay had wanted to return. He has been replaced by 56-year-old year old Jerry Andersson, Thompson’s former boss whilst at Swedish club Troja Lundby. Andersson’s brief will be to work with younger players, the team and to help Sheffield win the League for a third consecutive season.
Thompson said: “We now have a hockey philosophy here in Sheffield. Our desire to be four lines, our commitment to speed and also the two recent apprentices that we have employed and hope to mould into our ways. Jerry has decades of experience developing talent like this and that can help us.”
It has been a mixed 24 hours for Steelers, who learned that their GB winger Rob Dowd had been taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis during the World Championship programme in Croatia. The 27-year-old perked up after being put on a drip and was at the rink to see Britain crush Lithuania 8-0.
Steelers team-mate Jonathan Phillips got the party started when he robbed Lithuania’s goaltender of the puck, short-handed, to score. Ashley Tait, Ross Venus and Robert Lachowicz followed up with goals before another Sheffield player hammered home the fifth.
Ben O’Connor smashed in a Power Play goal at 30;42 to end any idea of resistance and the goal also spelt the end for goalie Artur Pavliukov who was substituted. Jonathan Boxhill, Russell Cowley and Colin Shields scored his 36th international goal at 39:00.
GB moved up to second in the Division 1B table on eight points, a point behind Ukraine who have nine points from three matches.