Mark Thomas (D)
The 2013-14 Elite League Season will be Mark Thomas’s ninth season with the Steelers. He signed a new two year contract in the summer of 2013 that will take him through until the end of the 2015 season, a tenth year with the club and a testimonial.
- Joined the Steelers from the London Racers in 2005-06
- Has made more EIHL appearances for the Steelers than any other player in the clubs history (481 going into the 13-14 season).
- Twice an EIHL league champion (08/09 & 10-11), twice a play off champion (07/08 & 08/09), British knockout cup champion (05/06)
- 30 Appearances for the GB men’s senior team winning both a Bronze medal (08/09) and a silver medal (10/11)
A late starter to the game (14) Thomas came through the junior ranks at his home town team Manchester (Altrincham).
In 2002/03 Thomas played 22 games for Haringey before moving back home the following season to play to play for the newly formed Manchester Phoenix in their first season in the Elite League under head coach Rick Brebant.
Thomas then moved to the London Racers (with fellow Steelers team mate Jason Hewitt) to play for their player coach Dennis Maxwell. At the end of that 2004-05 season Thomas also made his senior debut for the GB National team in the World Championships.
Thomas remained with London into the 05-06 campaign however mid way through the year the Racers organisation ceased operations and coach Maxwell left to join the Sheffield Steelers.
Maxwell soon brought both Thomas and Hewitt to the Steelers and even though his tenure didn’t make it until the end of the season both former London players helped Sheffield win the Knockout cup that year.
The 06-07 season saw the start of seven straight full seasons with the Steelers, never failing to play less than 50 games a year.
After missing two seasons away from the National side head coach Paul Thompson brought Thomas back into the GB programme in 2009 for their Bronze medal success in Hungary.
Two years later Thomas went one better helping GB to a silver medal in the Country’s finest performances in recent times out in Ukraine. More recently his appearances for GB have been in Japan and Latvia in the pre Olympic qualification tournaments and the World Championships.
Thomas has become an integral part of the Steelers and became the first player in over a decade to be granted “Testimonial” status for when his ten year spell at the club matures in 2015.