Sheffield Steelkings won the first ever Kings Cup with a dramatic 3-2 Overtime win against France’s Para Ice Hockey HCCA Dahu 63 in front of around 200 spectators at IceSheffield on Sunday evening; with around 150 more watching a live stream.
Sheffield Steelkings host International opposition for the first time on February 10th, as they welcome HCCA Dahu 63, from Clermont-Ferrand to IceSheffield. The teams will be competing in the first ever Kings Cup.
“We are so excited for our first ever international friendly. HCCA Dahu will be the first team to take part in the Kings Cup and we are really looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone,” said Steelkings Chairman Jake Oakley. While the Kings Cup is a one-off game for now, the intention is to bring it back year-on-year and possibly expand the field, as Oakley continues: “We are very proud to be growing the sport of para ice hockey here at the Steelkings and cannot wait to start creating a lasting legacy with this competition.
“Everyone at the Sheffield Steelkings are very excited that we can finally announce this fixture against our friends from France. We’ve been working on the details since late summer and we can’t wait to face them now.”
HCCA Dahu chairman, Gillian Gorny also added: “We can’t wait to play against the Steelkings! It will be a great trip and one to remember.”
The advent of the Kings Cup is the result of a partnership with Portland Trophies; who have kindly supplied both the main trophy which will remain the property of the Steelkings; and a mini trophy which Dahu will take back to France as a memento of their involvement. The lasting legacy of the partnership means that future teams who compete in the Kings Cup will receive a miniature as a record of their competition.
As always, this game will be completely free to all spectators as the Steelkings looked to defend the Kingdom and win the Kings Cup.
Sheffield Steelkings vs. HCCA Dahu 63 for the Kings Cup takes place on 10th February 2019 at IceSheffield. The fun begins at 18:00.
‘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.
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.
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.
After the success of the Fire and Ice event, the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey team will be holding another inter-squad exhibition game at IceSheffield. The first ever Winter Blast takes place on Friday 14th December; and Sheffield strong man Phil “Titanium” Roberts will be performing the ceremonial puck-drop.
Roberts, a former police officer, has been crowned England’s Strongest Man twice in recent years. He also owns Titanium Strength Gym and helps to develop future champions of the sport.
The Winter Blast will be completely free for spectators and will also include a raffle, a tombola, a selection of merchandise on sale and possibly some freebies for fans. The event begins at 17:45 with the teams taking to the ice around 18:00.
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.
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.