Big Tim Spencer applauds new Sheffield Steelers’ signing

Tim Spencer  and  2014 team celebrate a Playoff Final win
Tim Spencer and 2014 team celebrate a Playoff Final win
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Tim Spencer, the knock ‘em down winger who left a huge impression after a single season at Sheffield Steelers, says the club’s recent capture of Matt Marquardt was a solid investment.

Spencer, who played in the Jeff Legue, Steve Goertzen and Frank Doyle team of 2013-14, has always kept an eye on Marquardt after the pair played together in junior hockey in Canada. He was delighted when the 29-year-old left Coventry Blaze for South Yorkshire.

“You guys landed a great get in Marquardt” he told The Star.

“He’s not only a best friend but he’s an amazing teammate. Guys in the (dressing) room love and respect this guy. He truly loves the game and just wants to win.

“He is a true definition of a power forward, but can snipe too.

“He skates well, has a heavy shot, and can lay guys out. He’ll also be in there to stand up for his team-mates.

Tim Spencer - Sheffield Steelers  05/04/14

Tim Spencer - Sheffield Steelers 05/04/14

“I think last year was tough for him balancing hockey and school. I think he will have a great year with you guys.

“I can’t think of a better guy out there to get.”

Spencer and Marquardt won a championship in their time together.

“After that we just stayed tight. He’s so easy going and loves goofing around.”

Sheffield Steelers former team members, Mark Thomas, Gord Baldwin and Tim Spencer

Sheffield Steelers former team members, Mark Thomas, Gord Baldwin and Tim Spencer

Asked if Marquardt was as good a fighter as he was, Spencer, 31, laughed: “No, but he would be a good opponent. Friends aside, I wouldn’t be excited to fight him!”

Marquardt is also a former team-mate of Mathieu Roy, Levi Nelson, Drew Fata, Brett Clouthier and Nottingham Panthers’ Brad Moran.

Matt Marquardt

Matt Marquardt