The Monday After: All about respect
ALL ABOUT RESPECT
I found it curious to read an article last week explaining that the Sheffield Steelers would not mark the return of former players if they wore the colors of the opposing team .
The article by Bob Westerdale in the Sheffield Star explains that there is a change from what the Steelers are doing normally, adding that retired former players would benefit from the star-studded treatment.
And I wonder why they would stop doing it when all they need is a brief mention, some applause, a return from the player and everything is done.
The Glasgow Clan does this in this way and this is only for the player's first visit to the club. I'm sure other clubs are embarking on similar practices to recognize, at the very least, the contribution of a former player, whether it is good or bad. or indifferent.
It's simply respect for the Steelers, a club that defines itself as a "family", to turn away from players who have worn the orange jersey with some pride in the past is amazing to say the least.
To be fair, it's something they've done throughout the season so far, with other ex-players such as Mark Matheson, Jackson Whistle , Josh Pitt and Mathieu Roy, a man they nicknamed "The King". it's not like they've been selective about it.
I understand the argumentation of a case if it is a player, like the ones I mentioned, who wear different colors and whose the goal is simply to earn the points of their team, so why give them a sign of appreciation.
But to wave your hand before the game, I do not understand why you would not allow them a brief moment with their fans, who once worshiped.
You do not expect a special commemorative jersey, a raised banner and their former club that will allow them to score a goal as a return. This is not a testimony.
Roy's return to Sheffield last week was particularly conducive to the victory of his current team, Glasgow Clan, on a 4-3 score, while the Canadian would have celebrated the event with a cardboard crown Burger King. ]
This provoked outrage from Steelers supporters who accused Roy of disrespect for the team where he had spent four years, winning two league titles and one playoff game.
That's a point I can see, but the respect goes both ways and if the Steelers will not let him quickly hail for his previous contributions to the club, can some fans be so insane? from face it's celebrating what happened to be a big win?
I am not for a moment saying that Sheffield's decision not to recognize him was in no way a factor in the way he celebrated his celebration. Far from it, but he would certainly have found it strange that it never happened.
In fact, he told me in a recent interview that he was anxious to go back there. Why not do it? He had a good time there, but he also reiterated that he was now a clan player and that his concentration would help to get the points.
This is a perfectly normal and understandable thing to say, but when the day comes when he and many others will play and win with a club like Sheffield Steelers, they will always have a special place in their hearts.
Players love to create memories wherever they go, and if a former club gives them the chance to hear fans cheering again, even if they wear different colors, that can mean a lot.
I hope the Steelers will decide to re-examine this issue, given the heroes they've known over the years. Bob himself tweeted that it was something that he did not quite agree with, and me either, but it's still nice to be part of a " family".
of the Clan START AS FITZY FINDS HIS FEET
When Pete Russell left the Glasgow Clan, the debate was about whether the impetus he had taken to help the club get into the semifinals could continue.
Under Zack Fitzgerald's successor, the signs are good, Clan returning from his one-month trip with five wins out of eight to the road.
The victories in Cardiff, Sheffield and two in Nottingham seem impressive, and many fans feared the worst after the first two games, when Glasgow fought against Dundee Stars.
Move forward a month and regain the confidence of the clan team, who sees her at the top of the rankings and can not wait to get home to see the purple army.
The most immediate problem is to revolve around their Challenge Cup campaign and with only two games to go, Fitzgerald must oversee the victories over Fife and Belfast and lead them to the last eight.
So far, September has been an encouraging month for the Purple Army and it will want to continue in this direction, starting with Fife Flyers on Saturday.
On the narrow at the top
If we thought that the Elite League was going to be a very close affair, the NHL indicated from the start that the situation will be the same, maybe even worse, if the result of the weekend is decisive
The Hull Pirates are leading the pack with six points, ahead of Telford Tigers, Sheffield Steeldogs and Swindon Wildcats. The two teams are already preparing to interfere in the battle to become the first players of the new league.
The Pirates defeated the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday in a 7-5 deal in which their coach-player, Jason Hewitt, scored a hat-trick as he fired shots at him. team that had beaten the title of the NIHL North 1 last season.
If that is the tone he gives, he will be very attentive and with so many good teams in the new structure, it could be exciting in a few months.