Sheffield Steelers announce first import signing for Elite Series

SHEFFIELD STEELERS have revealed their first import signing ahead of the 2021 Elite Series, by adding Norwegian defensemen Adrian Saxrud Danielsen.

NEW FACE: Adrian Saxrud Danielsen, the first import signed by Sheffield Steelers for the 2021 Elite Series. Picture submitted by Steelers Media.

The 28-year-old makes the switch to South Yorkshire having spent the 2020-21 season with HC Innsbruck in the ICEHL, the same league in which Rotherham-born GB first-choice goaltender Ben Bowns has been playing for Graz99ers, neither team making the post-season.

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But while former Sheffield Steeldogs’ netminder Bowns will be heading to Nottingham Panthers for the Elite Series - the first overall pick made by Guillaume Doucet in last week’s Brit-Draft, 6ft 3ins shutdown defenceman Danielsen is heading to their nearest rivals.

Sheffield Steelers head coach Aaron Fox. Picture courtesy of Dean Woolley

Steelers’ head coach Aaron Fox said he had signed a ‘character’ guy in Danielsen, who while spending time in Sweden and Denmark as well as Austria, has played the majority of his domestic hockey in his homeland.

“Adrian is a true pro with high character and is coming here with a mindset to win and showcase his game,” said Fox. “He is a big two-way defensive who skates extremely well.

“He likes to play a physical game and prides himself on being a shutdown defenseman. He has shown some offensive upside in Norway and I expect him to play in all situations when he hooks up with us in a few weeks’ time.”

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