Sheffield Steelers ‘outcast’ banned for five games

Tyler Mosienko - Sheffield Steelers
Tyler Mosienko - Sheffield Steelers

Tyler Mosienko’s recent past came back to haunt him today - and his new Sheffield Steelers’ team.

The Canadian centre, 30, was sacked by his Danish team Esbjerg last season after he and others were involved in spot-fix betting against his own side. The player was also banned for five matches.

But the club ditched him before that kicked in - and as the Elite League is sanctioned by the IIHF, he will now have to serve the suspension here.

Steelers - and the player - were unaware of the suspension until the middle of last week.

Mosienko had actually played in the ECHL for Alaska Aces after leaving Denmark, but that league has no IIHF affiliation.

Steelers are trying to replace him temporarily before Sunday’s trip to Cardiff Devils. They have inquired about two forwards at Swedish team Troja-Ljungby, Hampus Gustafsson and Jacob Berglund, but that appears to have fizzled out.

Sheffield coach Gerad Adams has other irons in the fire, however.

Mosienko, who was free to ice in last weekend’s friendlies against Coventry Blaze, looked a lively addition to the squad. He is devastated by the suspension - and has told The Star in the past that after apologising for his mistake, he wanted to put it behind him and move on. The player will miss games against Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants, among others, before coming back against Devils at Sheffield Arena on September 27.

Adams said he regarded Mosienko as a “quality person and player” although was disappointed by the ban.

“At no time did this suspension lead us to question our judgement over his position at this club” he said.

The ban became known only when the Danes “red flagged” his application for an international transfer card.