Published Thursday, 13 February 2014
Team GB head coach Doug Christiansen. (© Michael Cooper)
The Steelers confirmed their decision to release Christiansen with immediate effect on Thursday afternoon, after owner Tony Smith met with the coach.
The team's captain, forward Steven Goertzen, will take over the reins as caretaker player/manager in the interim.
It comes after the side fell to a 5-3 first leg defeat at the hands of the Nottingham Panthers on Wednesday night, in their bid to reach the Challenge Cup final.
The Steelers currently sit third in the Elite League, trailing table-toppers Belfast by 21 points and the second-placed Braehead Clan by just three points.
In a statement on their website, the club said: "The Steelers wish to place on record their thanks to Doug for his time and effort whilst at the club."
Christiansen stunned the Belfast Giants when he quit the side in April last year to take up the top job in Sheffield.
Earlier this week, he named his 35-man preliminary squad ahead of the IIHF World Championship (Division 1B) in Lithuania in April.
Six of the Belfast Giants roster feature on the long-list -netminder Stephen Murphy, defencemen David and Kevin Phillips, and forwards Mark Garside, Craig Peacock and Colin Shields.
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