The summer break is just starting but the team building is already on its way for the new season of the ice hockey.
A number of the EIHL teams have already made an announcement regarding their key players who will be returning for the campaign of 2017-2018. The new season will start in September. The teams have also confirmed that some of their members have already left them.
Sheffield Steelers team is still enjoying their victory from the play-off final championship but the management has already announced the renewal of a two-year contract for Paul Thompson, the coach, and Jerry Anderson, the assistant coach.
They have also made sure that their key forward, Mattieu Roy, will be going back to the ice with them. Among the returnees are Gullaime Desbiens and Ervins Mostokovs who is the netminder. Sad news for some because there will be a number of players who will not be joining the team again including Anders Franzon, the blueliner and Geoff Walker, the forward, who scored two goals against Cardiff Devils during the final match.
Braehead Clan, on the other hand, is planning to start the next season with a new line-up starting from the coach, Ryan Finnerty, whom left the company even before the end of the last season. He has accomplished a lot for the team by delivering conference titles as well as Champions League but the team is now aiming to start anew and they are considering hiring a player-coach instead. Matt Keith, the captain and team leader, is no longer part of the team too.
Belfast Giants will also be welcoming a new coach after the departure of Derrick Walser. The Irish side’s forward player, Mike Forney, will be going back to his hometown Minnesota.
On the side of Coventry, the coach will still be Danny Stewart as he renewed his contract along with Jordan Pietrus, the captain, and Ross Venus, the forward player coming from Britain. They have confirmed that Jim Jorgensen will no longer be a part of the team.
As various teams have added new players and retained old ones, one thing is for sure and that is they will need to organize activities for team building in order to foster teamwork with the new and old members to ensure that they will be bringing the championship for next season.