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Reece returns to Sheffield

Reece Cochrane will be returning for a second season with the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs.

19-year-old Reece developed his talents in Kirkcaldy, making it all the way to Elite league action with the Fife Flyers. He became a Steeldog a year ago as he was looking to getting more ice time and the development that would come with it.

He became an important part of the Dogs defence and in 42 appearances he scored 3 goals and 13 assists. He also played for the Great Britain under 20s and was a central part of medal winning team.

The signature of Reece was one Coach Ben Morgan was keen to secure;

“Reece is an important signing for the club - there were a couple of clubs sniffing round him but I am glad he is staying with the Dogs. It has to be said that for the last 2 months of the season, Reece was probably our most consistent and offensively minded defenceman. He stepped up his game and made great contributions. He was fantastic at the back end and focussed on his defensive responsibilities all season. He came in to last season saying that he took pride in blocking shots, putting his body on the line and battling in the corners and he did that all season. When he came back from GB duty in January, offensively he was a real go-to guy. He was someone who we looked to play the puck out of our end a little more as he can skate fantastically well.

“It was an easy decision for me to want to bring him back - but bringing him back wasn’t a straight forward thing for us to do. Other clubs had seen him flourish and develop with us but this made it harder to keep him. Reece has ambitions of pushing himself on further, and he knows that the development pathway here gives him the best chance. Player development is what we are all about and we are happy to help him se how far he can go.

Ben was pleased by what he got from Reece in his first season in Sheffield;

“Reece is a vocal lad who is young and confident. He speaks up with ideas in training and has opinions on certain plays. He was my D partner for the second half of the season and it really worked having a right and left-handed combination. He came on leaps and bounds during this time as we could have a constant dialogue, during shifts and on the bench between shifts, but it also opened my eyes to see the knowledge he had for the game, certain plays and situations on the ice. I think this really helps development and for me to see how to get the best out of him. I hope we can continue where we left off with Reece, strike up good partnerships in the D core and bring on the offensively minded play we know he is capable of. Also, it means that he can do a lot of the skating while the older partner can wait for the puck!”

#16 is looking forward to getting back to iceSheffield;

“I’m really happy to be returning to the Steeldogs for my second season. I had a good first year - I really enjoyed it. The boys were really good to get along with and it’s good to come back to somewhere I know for another season. I had some interest from other clubs but after speaking with Morgs it just made me feel that I wanted to come back to Sheffield. I enjoy the atmosphere in the changing room, there are plenty of the boys who will give you a good laugh, it is an upbeat locker room. That is something that makes game day something to look forward to and gets you relaxed and focussed and ready to go.

“After playing in the Elite league, I felt I had developed well and had time with quality defencemen to help me progress. I was grateful for the chance to train, play with and learn from them. I am always keen to learn from those with the experience. I brought a lot of that with me into my first year here in Sheffield and wanted to continue the good habits. Last season I thought I did alright holding up pucks and moving them quickly and Woody and Morgs have said they want to see more of that. This year I would like to look more game by game and develop small aspects in each session, whatever pointers are given by the coaching staff I will be taking on board. I have learned a lot from Morgs too; he’s someone has loads of experience and has played at the top level, there’s always lots to learn so it is good to hear what he has to say.”

“I am looking forward to this season we will be wanting to come back and get on with our jobs again, work hard and push for one of the top spots. We have to keep going, keep doing what we are doing and carry on to the new season with where we finished off last. While I have been back home, I have met up with some friends and we have been running, doing workouts at the house - just being with your friends keeps you going. I think we are all just waiting for the day we can get back to the rinks and get back out on the ice.”

Welcome back Reece!                   

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