Steelers can rely on Meyer to stand up and be counted

STEFAN MEYER’S willingness to “pay the price” was enough reason for Sheffield Steelers’ head coach Doug Christiansen to snap up the former NHL forward for the 2013-14 Elite League campaign.

The 28-year-old Canadian has made 20 appearances in the world’s top league – initially being picked in the second round of the 2003 NHL entry draft – while spending the majority of his pro career in the AHL, clocking up more than 380 games in North America’s second tier.

His arrival in South Yorkshire later this month will be his third port of call in Europe, having also played in Sweden and Germany.

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Renowned more for his physical prowess and penalty killing skills than his creative ability, Meyer will be a key ingredient for Christiansen as the Steelers go hunting for a first championship since 2011.

“I like his passion for the game and his desire to have a great season,” said Christiansen. “I know that he is hungry and wants to be great in our league. I expect him to have a great season.

“He is a player who gets his points through hard work and a willingness to pay the price to score.” I am looking forward to working with Stefan.”

Meyer admits he likes “dirty goals” – he has scored 86 in six seasons in the AHL – and has vowed to stand up for his team-mates should they find themselves in any trouble out on the ice.

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“I’m a player who does a bit of everything,” he said. “At AHL level I scored 20 goals in one season; at NHL level I’ve killed penalties.

“I like dirty goals and working hard for everything good that happens – I stick up for myself and my team-mates.

“I don’t go looking for trouble – but I don’t turn my back on it either.”