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Happy Birthday Dima – and welcome back!

The Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs are excited to announce that birthday boy Dmitri Zimozdra will be the starting net minder for us for the 2019/20 NIHL National League campaign.

Dima is celebrating his 31st birthday today and we are celebrating having our All-Star goalie between the pipes for another season.

Dima came through the Sheffield academy and was part of our squad during the Steeldogs first season. After five years with Sutton, he returned to us two years ago and back stopped us to our 2018/19 Moralee Conference title and the North Cup last season. He was league MVP in 18/19 and selected as best net minder in the league for both seasons.

For Coach Ben Morgan, this was one of his most important signings;

“The starting netminder position was a high priority for me, it was the first position I wanted to get down on paper. I didn’t want to look anywhere else than Dima, so if he wanted the option of playing for another year with us, he was going to have it 100%.

“He was probably the hungriest out of everyone last season, and having missed out on the opportunity to play alongside us in Coventry he was desperate to come back to have another go at it - whether it’s for one year or two years or five years. He is fully focussed on next season and that can only be a good thing for us.

“On the ice he is calm, he never lets things get to him – he is someone who you can rely and depend upon in all situations. He has time and time again got us out of a hole. He has been the man, be it in end to end action or penalty shoot outs that 9 times out 10 has got us on the right side of the scoreline. His playing credentials speak for themselves; everybody knows what he is about, everyone speaks highly about him in the locker room. He is easy going, relaxed…sometimes too relaxed some people might say but that’s just Dima, he’s just a great guy to have around the team.

“When he gets to the rink, he is switched on in ‘game mode’ and that’s what you need from your starting keeper week in, week out. He brings a wealth of experience and it gives you so much confidence when you turn around and you have Dima in the net, and other teams when they face him will know they have to be on their top game.”

Dima is busy celebrating his birthday, so we’ll hear from him soon.

Welcome back and happy birthday Dima!

Tasca Tankers will be player sponsors to Dima again this year and we thank them for their continued support.

Dima joins Nathan Salem, Cam Brownley, Lewis Bell and Ben Morgan in our 2019/20 squad. There are more signings coming soon, so keep checking our social media.

Don’t forget – our season tickets are now available. Book now to guarantee you will see EVERY game!

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