This morning the Sheffield Steelers announced the first of the replacements set to arrive in the House of Steel after the departures of Matt Climie, Stefan Della Rovere and Justin Buzzeo. The latest arrival is Croatian international, Tom Zanoski as coach Tom Barrasso looks to rebuild this season’s roster for an end of season flourish.
Welcome back to the Steelers Perspective.
For this article, I am going to do something a little bit different to what this column usually has been. It’s an appraisal of some sort about one of the current Steelers roster, and if recent form guides are a yardstick then it’s well deserved indeed. I hope you enjoy this, as I said it’s something different.
So we have made it to the 9th edition of Behind The Bench, and just in time for Christmas as promised! For the final interview from the bowling night you will need to turn up the volume because rather than just writing, the best part of the interview will be audio!
This mini bowling series seems to have gone on forever, but this really was the very last interview of the evening after most people had left. In fact, just the best friend duo of Evan Ritt and Evan Janssen remained out of the players. Janny was more than happy to come and chat and it seemed silly to not have his partner in crime join us at the table.
Now, several people will have already heard this interview because whereas before the interviews were quite low-key, all eyes were now on the table. With a small crowd gathered around, Janny & Ritt were more than happy to entertain us all!
Name? Evan Janssen
Position? Left wing
NHL team? Chicago Blackhawks
Hockey hero? Uhhhh…
Ritt: “Jim Montgomery?”
Janssen: “Yeah, Jimmy Montgomery”
Favourite UK rink (apart from the Spectrum!)? I’d have to say Sheffield… Yeah, it’s a nice rink
Mike: “What do you like about Sheffield?”
Janssen: “It’s a cool atmosphere, they get a big crowd and the rink is pretty nice, it’s a lot bigger”
Hidden talent/hockey party trick? Dancing. Next question!
Favourite actor? Chris Pratt
Ritt: (Laughing) “Ed Sheeran?”
Janssen: “No…. Chris and I are twins”
Ritt: “No no, I think Ed Sheeran’s more like it!”
Janssen: “I don’t know who Ed is”
Ritt: “He really likes Ed more!”
Janssen: “He’s not an actor!”
Ritt: “He’s a performer”
Janssen: “I’ve never heard of him”
Who is the dressing room prankster? “We really don’t do any… Have we?”
Ritt: “I said Benny or Willsy”
Janssen: “They’re just always after eachother”
Favourite band? Kygo!
Ritt: “Ed Sheeran!”
Janssen: “I don’t know who Ed Sheeran is”
Ritt: “He looks exactly like him”
Janssen: “No! I have no idea who he is. No clue”
Ritt: “He really likes the comparison but he’s being modest right now”
Janssen: “HATE the comparison”
Fan: “So you just need to colour your hair ginger?”
Ritt: “Yes! Absolutely”
Janssen: “No! I don’t have any ginger in me, I look nothing like him! Now Chris Pratt – We can talk”
Ritt: “No I don’t see it!”
Fan: “That’s been said around the rink a lot. Even if they don’t know his name, they say the dude from Jurassic Park”
Janssen: “Really? See! I’m not lying”
BONUS QUESTION: What’s your favourite dinosaur? Well, the Tyrannosaurus rex! Duh! Who doesn’t like that?!
Who’s the messiest in the changing room? Well, I just have to go with my stallmate – He always puts his stuff on my stall.
Ritt: “That’s funny, I said the same about you!”
Janssen: “I’ve always gotta move everything back over to his so I can open my stuff. It’s super annoying. I don’t ever say anything, I try to be a good guy about it”
Most memorable hockey moment to date? Winning the national championship in college
Your most embarrassing moment? Well I got beat by a girl tonight in bowling. That was a pretty hard hit to the ego
Mike: “And so did you”
Ritt: “Yeah, I got beat by several”
Favourite dressing room prank? I like to fill up a stick with water, then put the plug back in it
And for the final question from the bowling night – Turn up your volume because you need to hear this big reveal from the man himself!
And that was that!
A big thanks to Janny and Ritt, plus all the Flames players who have taken time to speak to CTP this year.
And thank you all for reading. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the series so far and with a bit of luck, we’ll be back next year with more from the team!
On behalf of all of us at Chasing The Puck, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you at a game soon.
The Cardiff Devils grabbed a vital win against the Dundee Stars last night, winning 4 – 2 thanks to an empty net goal by Joey Martin (despite Petr Chaloupka’s best efforts with a crucial block that could be a candidate to be save of the season, denying Sean Bentivoglio)
With the win, it keeps the Devils three points off the league’s summit, where the Belfast Giants currently stand, but with three games in hand, the Devils are in an excellent position heading into Christmas.
With Christmas just around the corner, we here at Chasing The Puck are giving Flames fans the gift of THREE #BTB interviews all before Christmas! (And yes, I did just come up with my own jazzy hashtag!) Oh, and an update from last week’s interview – Baldwin hasn’t hunted me down so I’m guessing I must be in the clear!
Continuing on from last week, the bowling evening was drawing to a close and many players had sneaked out. Luckily, three players still remained – Only issue was they were all being mobbed.
One of these players was ready to go with his coat on, but he’s just far too nice to walk away from the fans who wanted selfies or a quick chat. And I’ll admit – I used this to my advantage, BUT… I did it for all of you!! As he went to walk by I asked if he could spare 2 minutes for an interview and without a second thought he immediately agreed and came to sit down.
Calle Ackered is a man of the people and it is no surprise whatsoever that he is adored by the Flames fans.
Name? Calle Ackered
Age? 27 years old
Position? I’m a D man
NHL team? New York Rangers
Hockey hero? Big hockey hero is probably Nick Lidström
Favourite UK rink (apart from the Spectrum!)? Spectrum definitely and Belfast
Hidden talent/hockey party trick? Ooooh…. I’m very good at beer pong
Superstitions? I start with my left side all the time, pads, skates and everything. I don’t know if it’s really a superstition but I always do it
Favourite actor? Leonardo DiCaprio
Who is the dressing room prankster? Oooo… I don’t know if we have a prankster but a guy who talks a lot is John Dunbar and also TJ Foster is pretty funny. He’s not a prankster but he talks so much, he’s chirping guys
Favourite band? Coldplay
Who’s the messiest in the changing room? *Long pause* CC (Chris Carrozzi)
Most memorable hockey moment to date? When I did my debut in the Swedish national junior team. That was pretty cool
Your most embarrassing moment? I forgot my skate guards were on when I was younger and fell down like Bambi during the intro!
Favourite dressing room prank? Loosening the water bottle lid
What would you do if you didn’t play hockey? I would probably be an actor… No, just kidding! I don’t know. I would love to be an actor though!
So now 2 remain…
After a weekend which saw Manchester fall to home defeats against Belfast and Cardiff , I have elected to take a different approach to the weekly round-up. So rather than run through the goals and play-by-play, I will look to marry up the poor on-ice performance and worrying drop-off in attendances. Who would’ve thought the last seasons fairytale story would be in tatters before the turn of the year? Continue reading Time to rally around Ryan!
The rumour is true, John Armstrong is returning to Sheffield.
This news was announced after the Steelers had slipped to an 0-2 reverse on home ice to Danny Stewart’s Coventry Blaze. Steelers will be hoping that the Canadian centre’s return to Sheffield proves the catalyst for their season. Continue reading Breaking News: Steelers Re-Sign John Armstrong