Rob Sirianni says the Italian Connection made it an easy choice for him to join Sheffield Steelers.
The hat-trick hero of Sunday’s 6-3 demolition of Cardiff Devils had played alongside Nate DiCasmirro at Valpellice in Italy last year.
So when DiCasmirro made the move to South Yorkshire, he was happy to become DiCasmirro’s linemate again.
“I knew Nate had just signed here, and we played well together last year and it just seemed like a good fit” said Sirianni.
“I wasn’t really satisfied with any of the offers I was getting or any of the teams that I was talking with, I ended up talking to Doug, I decided that is where I wanted to be.”
There were other Italian associations too.
“I played with Drew Fata in the AHL (Binghamton Senators) and against him when he played in Italy, (Asiago HC.)
“I played against Frank Doyle for three years in Italy, (Fassa HC) he was one of the top goalies over there when I had seen that he was on the roster I knew a good goalie like him would help the chances of wining a championship.”
Sirianni summed up, on video at thestar.co.uk: “I looked at the (Steeler) roster and thought this was a good club and that I would fit in well with the guys.”
He sees his role as: “Anywhere I can help the team win, whether it is scoring a big goal for the guys or setting one up or make a good defensive play to keep the puck from going in our end, whatever on any given night the team needs. If I can contribute in any way I will be happy with that; it doesn’t need to be three goals or one.”
The 29-year-old Italian Canadian forward modestly says a couple of his goals against Cardiff last Sunday were lucky. But it is clear that any player that can score 30+33 in 41 games in the Italian league should be a success over here.
The player says his first impression of Sheffield was that it was “great, the people very nice and kind to me.”