ICE HOCKEY: Brebant move blocked

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KURT KLEINENDORST, the Manchester Storm coach, has blocked Rick Brebant's hopes of joining the Storm's Superleague rivals Sheffield Steelers.

Brebant walked out on the Storm last week, just eight days after he was the hero in the Benson and Hedges Cup final by scoring the only penalty shot to give Manchester victory over London Knights.

The Great Britain forward then appeared to be on his way to Sheffield, but Kleinendorst will only let that happen if he can have Superleague's leading scorer Ed Courtenay in return - a trade that will never happen.

With the Storm holding Brebant's registration, Kleinendorst said: "The Rick situation isn't good. But I'm not blaming him because if he wants to leave that's up to him.

"We all have a suspicion about where he wanted to go but I really don't think he thought it through because if there's one place he's not going, it's where he wanted to go."

However, Kleinendorst then revealed: "If Sheffield give me Ed Courtenay they can have Rick Brebant, but they don't want to do that and I can understand why."

Kleinendorst is also interested in the Knights' leading scorer Ryan Duthie, while the Steelers look set to enter the transfer market anyway in the next few days with the potential return of Scott Allison.

The former fans' favourite has apparently had his contract terminated by the German Elite League side Augsburg Panthers, and the Steelers are on the brink of bringing him back to the Sheffield Arena.