Scimitars are back!
Sheffield Ice Hockey Academy are excited to announce a change in direction for our senior team for the 2020-21 season. For years the team has been known as the Sheffield Senators, but as agreed with the confirmed Head Coach Steve Weeks, we have brought back the name associated with Sheffield Academy which brought through several of the current GB Senior team players and many great players who are still playing today.
“The Sheffield Academy is steeped in history, none more so than the name of the long-time senior team, the Sheffield Scimitars. The Academy are returning the name of the senior ENIHL team to the Sheffield Scimitars for season 2020/2021 and a new Head Coach to lead them. Steve Weeks took on the mantle from player to coach of the ENIHL team midway through last season under challenging circumstances in a caretaker capacity. To appoint Steve as the Head Coach on a permanent basis was a very easy decision after the job of work he put in.”
Sheffield IHA Head Coach Martyn Etheridge Added “Steve has proven with his involvement and development of players in the junior teams for both Sheffield IHA and Midlands Conference that he is driven to improve standards and expectations of players both on and off the ice. Steve is the ideal coach to help push the re-branded Scimitars in a whole new direction, of using experienced players as well as providing the younger players in the academy with an opportunity to play at a senior level, then beyond. Steve has the full support of players to take the Scimitars and Sheffield IHA forward. Steve will be supported by his assistant coach Dougie Jordan and an outstanding team manager in Vicky Otley.
Scimitars Head Coach Steve Weeks says…”As a young player, developing through the SIHA, we always held a family like atmosphere. An atmosphere comprising of teams fully engaged with one another. At the heart of this family, were the Sheffield Scimitars, our senior team. The team we looked up to, the team that showed us the way, the team that we wanted to pull the jersey on for one day, even if we were to ultimately progress even further in our careers. Past complications led to the Scimitars name no longer being in use and since that time, the Spartans and Senators have stepped in to the position of senior team for the SIHA.
Upon confirmation of my role as Head Coach of the Senior team, I felt the time was right to take the Senior team back to its roots, with a goal of creating a very clear Sheffield ethos. The same ethos I, and many of the current players, grew up admiring and believing in. A team that is relentless in effort and application. A team that is well organised and adaptable. A team that trusts and believes in the progression of young, Sheffield Academy players at the forefront who are supported by experienced and quality players who are products of our great Academy. A team that plays with heart and fire. All of which, are the qualities I saw for years in the Sheffield Scimitars. I myself have represented both the Spartans and the Senators, teams I have loved dearly. However, our senior team needs a new lease of life, one that represents our storied history and at the same time, our future goals. Therefore, it is with great pleasure I can confirm that the Senior team at the SIHA will once again be called, the Sheffield Scimitars.
Naturally, we currently find ourselves in challenging times and our great sport is currently on hold. I look forward to the time when we can all take to the ice again and build a team that I have very high hopes for in the coming years. A team I hope all of our SIHA members can get behind, like the family atmosphere of the past, to build a team that our young players can aspire toward representing one day, wherever that may come in their hockey careers. “
For players wishing to trial for Sheffield Scimitars for the 2020-21 season, please contact team manager Vicky Otley on SheffScimitars@gmail.com or Chair@Sheffieldiha.com for trial dates (once Lockdown is complete and safe to do so).
Until the lockdown is complete and it’s safe to continue normality, Keep safe everyone!