An American centre who couldn’t make the impact he’d hope for in north America has signed for Sheffield Steelers, hoping to re-invigorate his career.
Rylan Galiardy, born in Phoenix, Arizona, is Doug Christiansen’s 11th import at the Elite League outfit.
The 27-year-old moves to Europe for the first time in his career, after 120 ECHL games.
He’d hoped to make his name in the AHL, but amassed only 13 games there, mainly for San Antonio Rampage.
Last year, the 6ft 1ins forward had a topsy-turvy year, playing for three teams in the ECHL, Gwinnett Gladiators, San Francisco Bulls and Idaho Steelheads.
“Rylan is an offensive player who can play a lot of roles” said Christiansen.
“He can play centre or wing and on special teams. I wanted another player who is just starting his European career and is desperate to have a big year.
“Rylan plays an intelligent game and can be a shooter as well as a distributor. He has good hands and good vision. I am very pleased with what he brings to the table.”