Sheffield Steelers’ dismay at the suspension of new import Tyler Mosienko was eased today by the signing of one of the biggest characters to have played in British ice hockey.
Devin DiDiomete who engaged in some lively twitter wars with fans and opposition players during a torrid spell at Cardiff Devils, has earned “an initial short term” contract with the Play Off champions, who are coached by his old Devils’ team-mate Gerad Adams.
If DiDiomete excels at Sheffield, he could merit a season long deal. And that might suit a player who jokingly tweeted a personal CV stating: “If you hire me I will do all I can to steal your job.”
DiDiomete chalked up a big penalty minute haul in half a season at Cardiff in 2012-13. Last year the 26-year-old Canadian wing played for Milan, scoring 36 points in 27 league and play off games. Previous to that he had an unhappy time with Färjestad in Sweden.
He was axed after failing to score a point in 12 games and his discipline was questioned. However, DiDiomete has iced 200 games in the AHL and plays tough and with tempo.
Adams said: “We will see a very different Deeds. He isn’t the player I had two years ago. This short term arrangement works for us both, he knows our situation with Mosienko and is looking to showcase himself in Europe. I can’t wait to work with him again, we left on great terms in Cardiff and when this situation arose I had no problem asking for his help. He is looking to prove himself to some who doubted him.”
DiDiomete said: “The first time in the Elite League wasn’t right for me. Since then I have played in some highly respectable leagues. I’ve learned a lot as a hockey player and as a person. I’ve matured a lot.
“I couldn’t be happier hooking up again with Gerad and joining the Steelers. I’ve played there before and remember the incredible fan support. I can’t wait to come back and show everyone the really Devin DiDiomete.”