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Steel Curtain: Strongman joins Steelkings as Elves win first ever Winter Blast

‘Team Elf’ defeated ‘Team Santa’ 2-1 in the Sheffield Steelkings’ first ever Winter Blast game with a late goal from Jake Oakley securing the victory.

The Sheffield Steelkings won a National Lottery Award in September thanks to public support and decided to stage the exhibition match as a thank you to the public. The teams were made up of players from the Steelkings club.

The Steelkings were also joined by a very special guest on the evening; Sheffield strongman, Phil ‘Titanium’ Roberts who was on hand for the ceremonial puck drop before the game started and to award the Player of the Game awards at the end as well.

Team Elf dominated the first period but couldn’t find their way past Bryan Hackworth in the Team Santa’s goal and the first period ended scoreless.

The tough and physical contest saw both sides battling hard, much to the crowds’ excitement.

The game remained tied for over half of the second period too and saw Team Santa pushing harder to try and take back some control of the game.Andrew Jackson and Rachel Rawson Battle

Goalie changes half way through the game saw Warren Hewett replace Hackworth in the Santa goal and sledge hockey newbie, Tom Wilton replace Gary Whiteley in the Elf goal.

Shortly after the goalie changes the game really started to heat up. The hits became bigger and the game opened up as both teams showed an obvious desire to win.

A long clearance by defenceman John Oakley caught Hewett by surprise and he allowed the puck to bounce out off of his pads into the path of a surging Barry Grayson who slotted it into the back of the net to give Team Elf the lead.

The score would remain 1-0 going into the third period. Following a team talk in the period break Team Santa came out strong and continued to push back in an attempt to tie the game.

Their pressure was rewarded when Wayne Plummer released a surging Matthew Franklin down the left wing and he fired a high shot straight past Tom Wilton in the Elf goal.Team Elf v Team Santa

The game was now tied and would see the crowd getting closer to the edge of their seats.

The score would stay tied at 1-1 until just a couple of minutes from the end. With under two minutes left on the clock Jake Oakley raced through the Santa team to pounce on a loose puck. His shot went hard and high on the Santa goal but was spectacularly saved by Hewett to make up for his earlier blunder. With a flash of the glove he scooped the puck into the corner for the game to remain tied. Unfortunately for Team Santa, Rachel Paget was following the play down the left wing and played the puck back across to Oakley who released another hard, high shot for the game winning goal.

Team Santa pushed on for an equaliser, but despite a last minute power play opportunity were unable to score and Team Elf claimed the win.

Sheffield Steelkings with Phil Roberts

David Haye presents Steelkings Award

Fresh off winning the National Lottery Awards – Sports Category, members of the Sheffield Steelkings roster travelled down to London last week to officially receive the trophy from former World Heavyweight Champion David Haye at a star-studded red carpet event.

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Steel Curtain – Sheffield Steelkings win National Lottery Award

It was announced on Wednesday that the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club are the second winners of National Lottery Awards – Sports Category.

Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock was on hand at a training session to present the award, which will include a £5,000 grant, which the Steelkings won after a month long, nationwide vote which saw them receive press coverage in The Sun newspaper and on BBC Radio Sheffield.

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Kestrels soaring success in British Para Hockey

The Kingston Kestrels Para Ice Hockey team recently retained their league title earlier this month, after victory over the Peterborough Phantoms saw the Kestrels notching up their sixth victory this season to remain undefeated, with still two games left to play in the season. Incredibly, Kingston has netted a total of 45 goals in their six matches played so far this season, while conceding only one in their championship season.

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Bred for the Sled?

This is an article I wrote three years ago when I tried a taster session in Para Hockey or Sled Hockey as it is commonly known in North America. I have been following the sport for four years now and have been involved with the Manchester side since 2014. Back in 2015, I was was asked if I wanted to come down to Widnes Ice Rink and join the team for a training session with the recently named Manchester Phoenix at that time (now the Manchester Mayhem) and do a feature on the sport and experience first hand how it feels to play.

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