Sheffield Steelers: Gerad Adams named as new coach

Gerad Adams

Sheffield Steelers have appointed Gerad Adams as their new coach on a deal until the end of the season.

The former Steelers defenceman left Cardiff Devils in December after almost a decade as player-coach.

Adams replaces Doug Christiansen, who was sacked after defeat by Nottingham Panthers in the first leg of the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Canadian Adams led Cardiff to three successive play-off finals between 2011 and 2013.

Sheffield are second in the Elite League but 24 points behind leaders Belfast.

Owner Tony Smith said: "I'm delighted we have our man. I think the Steelers have a Steelers-style coach in place - one who knows what the club is about and understands the Steelers way.

"I'm excited by the appointment and hope the fans are too.

"I'm desperate to bring Steelers hockey back to Sheffield. A game played with emotion and excitement and Gerad is a coach who both knows and understands that."

Meanwhile, the Steelers have confirmed forward Nate DiCasmirro has turned down the opportunity to rejoin Italian side Valpellice.

He will remain in Sheffield until the end of the season.