ONE of Sheffield Steelers’ star performers from their Elite League championship-winning campaign has returned for a second season for the club.
Canadian Tyler Mosienko, who scored 26 goals in a 66-point season for Gerad Adams’s side in a memorable first year in the UK for 31-year-old, who joined last summer from the Alaskan Aces having spent two years in Denmark with Edbjerg.
New Steelers coach Paul Thompson has moved quickly to seal a return for Mosienko – in which there was a lot of interest from around Europe – who proved to be one of the most popular players with fans last season.
“I’m delighted to be working with Tyler next season,” said Thompson.
“At one point we thought we had lost him to Europe where he was attracting a lot of interest
“I thought he was an unsung hero last year playing behind the big line that took most of the headlines. I love his energy and work ethic and the way he plays in both ends of the rink
“I also liked the fact that when speaking to him that he thought his point production could be improved and that he could do more. I like players setting themselves goals.”
Mosienko clearly enjoyed his time in Sheffield and was keen to return to try and win even more silverware.
“It was great speaking with Paul and hearing his plans for the club and also for me as well,” said Mosienko.
“He answered all of my questions. My family and I had a great time in Sheffield and we are happy to be returning.
“On the ice we had a great group of guys and a great team that came close to winning it all. I can’t wait to get back over and started again.”
Steelers will commence their pre-season schedule with two Champions Hockey League warm-up games against fellow entrants Braehead Clan on August 15 and 16 at Ice Sheffield.
The Champions Hockey League will then commence the week after with the Steelers drawn in a tough group with Swedish SEL side Frolunda and Finish Elite League giants JYP Jyvaskyla