Steelers versus Panthers matches have thrown up some pretty lively news stories in The Star over the years.
But today’s Boxing Day encounter, which will attract around 7,000, has been overshadowed by events off the ice.
In an astonishing series of events, Jeff Legue has returned to the Sheffield Arena fold after a few short months with EPL Steeldogs. His decision to quit a three-year deal there to try and win another Elite League trophy was not one anybody saw coming.
But Legue’s private frustration at being out of the top division came spilling out over a few drinks with Steelers coach Gerad Adams on Monday night. He felt bad for the Steeldogs, who had gone out on a limb with such a long deal, but his heart was elsewhere.
Legue, 33, will be greeted like a long lost son when he returns to action at the Arena, although it is fair to say Steeldogs fans won’t completely share the same festive happiness.
As one Steelers supporter tweeted this week Steelers could now ice four lines: Fretter-Forney-Roy, Dowd-Mosienko-Phillips, Sarich-Legue-Bois, Hill-Hewitt-Ferrara.
Legue is happy to fit in where he can help the most.
Legue said “This is a great opportunity for me to come back and help contribute to a push for a championship. Chances like that don’t come around often, especially at this stage of my career issues settling in.
“I have to say I have missed big games, I can’t wait to experience that again. This time of course I will be wearing the 12 shirt. I respect the decision the club took with retiring the number 11. This is a new start and as my son Mason was born in December I thought that 12 would be a great number to wear.”