Sheffield Steelers crowd favourite Tyler Mosienko leaves 13 games into new season

Tyler Mosienko has left Sheffield Steelers

Tyler Mosienko has left Sheffield Steelers

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Tyler Mosienko - the forward Sheffield Steelers took a gamble on hiring after he was embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal - dramatically left the club today.

The centreman has been pining for a return to mainland Europe, where the salaries are higher and the profile greater.

He made his feelings known to club management in the last few days.

I understand that the Canadian asked to play this weekend against Coventry Blaze before making up his mind.

But Steelers felt that if the 32-year-old was not 100 per cent committed he should go.

It is assumed at least one European club is waiting on the wings - although in fairness this season has not been such a happy experience for Mosienko.

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He doesn’t appear to have been given as much time on the power play although he is second behind Mathieu Roy in terms of overall points in Elite League and Challenge Cup - five goals and 10 assists in 13 games.

Mosienko - a crowd favourite at the Arena - was effectively sacked by his Danish club Esbjerg Energy after indulging in betting over his side’s scores.

Steelers decided it was a one-off episode and employed him, ahead of the 2014-15 season.

He said at the time: “It has been terrible and affected my career and my family. But it is time to move on and rebound and help Sheffield Steelers win some matches.”

After previous spells in north American, Japan and Denmark, it is clear the player’s wanderlust has not been satisfied.

Moskienko’s farewell to the home crowd, effectively, was scoring against Fife Flyers last Saturday in the 4-1 win.

It leaves coach Paul Thompson with a recruitment headache that he could do without.

Thompson said: “Tyler came to see me earlier in the week and explained that he wished to leave and head back to mainland Europe.

“His decision came as a surprise as we were happy with him and certainly wished him to remain as a part of out team going forward.

“As a club we have tried everything within reason to retain him as a Steelers but his wish is that he leaves us and returns to the mainland.

“Tyler has a clause in his contract allowing him to facilitate a move conditional upon a transfer / release fee being paid by his new club, as we stand we are still awaiting that.

“We thank Tyler for his contribution here for the past two and a half seasons where he has never failed to give maximum effort. The club is already underway in seeking a replacement though this weekend will play a man short.”

Rod Sarich, who retired after the Champions Hockey League outing earlier this season, would perhaps have been an extra body.

But he wasn’t considered when there were injuries to Levi Nelson and Ben O’Connor, so his name is not in the frame for a re-call.