Steelers Head Coach (and GM) - Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson was the longest serving Head Coach in the history of British ice-hockey when he announced that he was moving to Europe to develop his coaching even further.

He had been Head Coach at Coventry Blaze for 18 years, helping deliver 15 major titles. At that time he was also the longest serving coach in Europe.

Paul moved as Head Coach to the Swedish team Troja-Ljungby for the 2013/14 season, before moving to Aalborg in Denmark, also as Head Coach, for the 2014/15 season.

He joined Sheffield Steelers in May 2015 as Head Coach and Director of Hockey.

  • 1998-1999
    • EPIHL Champion
    • EPIHL Playoff Champion
  • 2000-2001
    • BNL Coach of the Year
    • World Championship (D1|B)
      Silver Medal (Asst Coach)
  • 2002-2003
    • BNL Champion
    • BNL Coach of the Year
    • BNL Playoff Champion
  • 2004-2005
    • EIHL Champions
    • EIHL Playoff Champions
    • IHJUK Coach of the Year
  • 2006-2007
    • EIHL Champions
    • IHJUK Coach of the Year
  • 2007-2008
    • EIHL Champions
    • IHJUK Coach of the Year
  • 2008-2009
    • World Championship (D1|B)
      Bronze Medal
  • 2009-2010
    • EIHL Champions
  • 2010-2011
    • World Championship (D1|B)
      Silver Medal
  • 2015 - 2016
    • joined Sheffield Steelers
    • EIHL Champions
  • 2016 - 2017
    • EIHL Playoff Champions

Paul Thompson began coaching when British coaches were rare. He started at Solihull with the under-14 squad, took charge of the reserve team and then became Coach of the Solihull Barons.
Solihull moved to become Coventry Blaze and Paul also moved. Season after season Coventry Blaze, coached every step of the way by Paul Thompson, won trophy after trophy. (see list on the right of this page).



Paul Thompson is still the only coach to have won back-to-back Elite League Championships (2006/07 and 2007/08).
Paul Thompson is also the first coach to achieve 5 Elite League titles.

Our Canadian and American readers will perhaps not understand, but in Europe the regular season is not played for playoff position - winning the league is seen as being the best team over the full season and has an importance in itself.
Sheffield Steelers have won the league title more often than any other club.










In 2007, Paul was named Head Coach of the GB national team. He took on that role in parallel with being Head Coach at Coventry. Coventry continued to win trophies and guided by Paul, the national team won promotion in World Championships and then Division 1 Bronze Medal in 2009 and going one better in 2011 with a Division 1 Silver Medal.

"..I feel I now need to test myself and continue to develop as a coach by learning new things.."  Paul Thompson, 2013


Paul Thompson has repeatedly proven his ability to coach youngsters, time-served professionals, former NHL players and even current NHL players (playing in Britain during lockouts).