Steven Chalmers commits to Jason Hewitt’s Hull Pirates

DEFENCEMAN Steven Chalmers is the fourth player to commit to returning to Hull Pirates, having agreed to remain at the club for the 2020-21 NIHL National season.

Steven Chalmers playing for Hull Pirates against Leeds Chiefs (Picture: Dean Woolley)

The 27-year-old joined the Pirates in October last year, providing some welcome depth on the blue line with captain Jamie Chilcott out injured long-term.

He went on to play 35 games for Jason Hewitt’s team, contributing one goal and 10 assists as the Pirates ended the campaign in fifth place when the first-ever season for the newly-formed UK second tier was brought to an abrupt end by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hewitt agreed to return two weeks ago and had already secured the signatures of fellow forwards Matt Bissonnette and Sam Towner before Chalmers.

“Chalms was a great find last year, he’s a player with great experience and a no-nonsense style that I like,” said Hewitt.

“I thought he was great for us, it was tough on our D with all the injuries. We had no consistency with partners and that had an effect. This year we’ll be looking for Chalms to play a bigger role. I’m happy he’s with us again.”

Chalmers moved to East Yorkshire having spent a year playing in Sweden’s second and third tiers.

That came on the back of six seasons’ experience in the Elite League, starting out in 2010 with Braehead Clan before switching to Dundee Stars a year later ahead of a move south where he spent four seasons with Coventry Blaze.

He said: “I really enjoyed last year at Hull - it was great just to be playing again. I’m delighted to be back for next season.”

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