Colt King - sacked by Sheffield Steelers two seasons ago - scored an unexpected ‘assist’ for the club today.
The power winger was influential in his old team signing proven Canadian goalscorer and right winger Ryan Menei.
The 26-year-old was leading goal scorer last season with the Tulsa Oilers in the Central Hockey League (66 games 34 goals + 48 assists = 82 points.)
His explosive stats there triggered interested from Sheffield - leading Menei to go for advice to King, whom he played with at Rapid City Rush in 2010/11.
“Colt is a good friend of mine and we have spoken about Sheffield” said Menei. “He has said nothing but good things about the organisation and the fans.
“Doug Christiansen (coach) was another reason I joined the Steelers. He explained the clubs history and that this was a team that expected to win and chase a championship.
“I’m hungry to win hockey games and championships so the chance to join Sheffield was more than appealing.”
Menei was ace sniper at his Oklahoma team last season.
Christiansen says that while he his new recruit is “an elite offensive player,” it was the references which he garnered from those who have worked with him, that proved decisive in his appointment.
“His former coaches and teammates raved about his attitude and skill set. Ryan will be a player who puts up numbers for us but I am not signing him to carry the load, I merely expect him to be one of a number of very good players who can help lead us on any given night.”
Menei commented: “I’m a play maker who can also score goals. When a goal is needed I’d like to think I’m one of the guys to step up and get that goal” he said
“I’d consider myself fast and creative, I think I can make a play out of nothing and contribute.”
This will be his third adventure in European hockey: he’s twice played in Italy.
Meanwhile,the exodus is continuing as the new recruits start to come in.
Christiansen says he has not spoken to forward Simon Ferguson about a second year at the club, nor d-man Matt Stephenson.