Sheffield Steelers’ surprise signing

Steelers action shot
Steelers action shot

Chris Blight completed a whirwind move to Sheffield Steelers today and will be in their line-up against Belfast Giants.

The skilled, offensive forward left Cardiff Devils after agreement between them and Doug Christiansen was reached in the early hours.

He takes the spot left vacant by Rob Sirianni, who is back in Italy.

The Star this morning suggested that Blight, like Hull Stingrays’ Jereme Tendler, was on Steelers’ radar (http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/ice-hockey/sheffield-steelers-roster-latest-1-6410656)

Brent Pope claimed Blight initially back-heeled the deal, but Devils clearly wanted the player out and the situation changed.

So why did Devils want him out?

There could be several factors. One, Blight is costly and finances are under strict control at Paul Regan’s regime.

Also Blight, 31, does not appear to be a fan of Pope - and vica verca.

But whatever the main factor, Blight is now a Steelers player, joining early-season team mate Phil Hill.

Devils put out this statement: “Cardiff Devils can confirm the departure of Canadian Winger Chris Blight from the club.

Chris has been a valuable part of our Roster over the past two seasons and we would like to thank him for all of his hard work on and off the Ice.

“An opportunity to move to the Sheffield Steelers has been presented to Chris that he has agreed to which will now see him playing under the Team GB coach Doug Christiansen. Blight has made it no secret of his aspiration to represent Team GB and we are certain that the opportunity will assist in the further development of Chris’s Ice Hockey Career.

“The Cardiff Devils would like to wish Chris the best of luck in his future career.”

The phrase “an opportunity to move to the Sheffield Steelers” does not tell the full story.

Sheffield management insist they did not approach the former AHL playmaker first, rather that they discovered he was “being moved on.”