Sheffield Steelers aiming to defend Elite League play-off trophy

Gerad Adams
Gerad Adams took over at Sheffield Steelers in February 2014

Elite League side Sheffield Steelers are a "success monster", according to coach Gerad Adams.

The Steelers, who won the League Championship last month, face Hull Stingrays in their play-off semi-final in Nottingham on Saturday looking to retain the title they won last year.

"It's our trophy and we're there to defend it," Adams told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It's a success monster here and everybody expects to win."

He added: "The players have been fantastic to work with and once you get to play-off finals weekend you give yourselves a great chance of winning."

The Steelers will become the joint most successful team in British ice hockey post-season history if they retain their title.

They are trying to win the play-offs for a 10th time which would equal the record held by Edinburgh Capitals, formerly Murrayfield. The Steelers won their first title in 1995.

Elite League player of the year Mathieu Roy, who signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday, says the team will not be taking anything for granted when they take on the Stingrays.

The two sides have met six times this season, with Sheffield winning all the encounters.

"I don't think the rest of the season means anything right now," he said.

"It's the play-offs and it's a one-off do or die game so it'll be different."

Stingrays coach Omar Pacha is comfortable going into the game as underdogs.

His side finished seventh in the regular season standings but beat runners-up Braehead Clan in the play-offs last week.

"We still think we can win and we are not going there for a vacation," Pacha told BBC Radio Humberside.

"We do think we have a chance and if they want to take us lightly then good.

"We have a young team and they're extremely excited. We need to make sure that we play with intensity but also play with composure."