Elite League: Ryan Finnerty leaves role as Sheffield Steelers coach

Last Updated: 04/04/13 10:15am

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Sheffield Steelers have confirmed that coach Ryan Finnerty has left the Elite League club.

The 32-year-old Canadian won one Elite League title and two play-off championships for the Steelers as a player before returning as player-coach in 2011.

But they suffered play-off disappointment again this season, failing to make it to finals weekend when they were beaten by the Coventry Blaze after being knocked out by Hull in 2012.

"It's with a sad heart we have taken this decision but as a club we felt we had no alternative."
Tony Smith

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Owner Tony Smith said: "It's with a sad heart we have taken this decision but as a club we felt we had no alternative.

"Everyone who works alongside Ryan knows the effort he has put into trying to bring success back to this organisation and we are thankful and grateful to him for that.

"As a club we have taken the decision to move on and not to renew Ryan's deal for next season.

"We are actively looking for an experienced head coach to come in and run the hockey side of this business We again thank Ryan and wish him well in his future."

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