Around the Rinks: Next Steelers coach?

Good morning, hockey fans!

How about we start your day in the best way possible as we scour the country for the headlines to set you up for a busy Wednesday? Here we go…

Sheffield Star is reporting the contenders to replace outgoing Tom Barrasso at Sheffield Steelers are two Canadians and two Americans

Steelers forward Robert Dowd is hitting form at the right time after scoring three at the weekend to improve their play-off push (Sheffield Star)

Peterborough Phantoms have a 2-1 lead over Basingstoke Bison going into their second leg NIHL South Cup Final clash tonight and coach Slava Koulikov is chasing a second piece of silverware for the season (Peterborough Today)

Speaking of the NIHL, there’s a big weekend coming as the Division One titles in the North and the South will be settled with five teams involved from the two leagues (British Ice Hockey)

How Fife Flyers in 1973-74 contested five finals but still came away with no silverware to show for their efforts (Fife Today)

Challenge Cup winners Belfast Giants return home to meet play-off chasing Coventry Blaze in a double header this weekend (Belfast Giants)

Nottingham Panthers could have a big say in the play-off places at the bottom as they get ready to host Manchester Storm and Dundee Stars, so Dylan Richard gives his thoughts on the games ahead (Nottingham Panthers)

Staying with the Panthers, here is the latest news from the treatment table (Nottingham Panthers)

Meanwhile in Cardiff, netminder Ben Bowns is looking a little RRRRRUFF nowadays (I’ll get my coat – Ed)

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