Sheffield Steelkings to play Winter Blast at IceSheffield tonight

Written by Katya Witney

Fans will be admitted for free to Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club for their Winter Blast game at IceSheffield this evening.

The club will play an inter-squad match with both teams featuring players from the Steelkings and their ‘Bee team’.

Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club last held a Winter Blast in 2019 with pandemic restrictions putting the event on hold in 2020.

Andrew Mead, who joined the Steelkings a couple of years ago after losing both his legs below the knee in 2016, is looking forward to the event.

He said: “Expect absolute carnage and mayhem! Ice hockey is not like any other sport.”

The Steelkings are made up of male and female members who are looking to play a fast and physical team sport.

The club were rewarded for their work in getting people to play para ice-hockey with a National Lottery Award and are now preparing for the upcoming British Para Ice-Hockey League starting in May.

They hope to utilise the size of their squad which features both a first team and a development ‘Bee’ side.

Mr Mead assures everyone who attends the event tonight absolute quality of entertainment: “It’s played with love but it’s competitive love.”

Mr Mead has also been a member of the GB Para Ice-hockey team for the last 18 months and wants to urge fellow disabled sports enthusiast to take up “the most amazing and
inclusive sport in the world.”

The event takes place at IceSheffield at 8.30pm tonight.

Written by Katya Witney

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