Age is no barrier for new Sheffield Steeler

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A 34-year-old veteran of 17 professional seasons has joined Sheffield Steelers’ defence.

Canadian Darrell Hay arrives after a varied last few seasons.

In the 2013-14 campaign, he iced in Japan for Tohoku Free Blades, a side Steeler legend Steve Munn once played for.

There, Hay was decorated as the highest scoring d-man in the Asia League (11.)

Before that, the six-footer experienced life in leagues in Germany, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Italy.

Hay, a low penalty-minute taker, only scored six goals in his last three seasons in Europe, but Sheffield coach Gerad Adams expects him to be “key on the power-play.”

And Adams has no concerns about the two times ECHL champion’s age: “Darrell is coming here at the right point of his career, he wants to win and I think another player of his calibre joining us helps us.

“All summer I have made it clear that I wanted a highly skilled right handed shot D man and Darrell is the player we have been looking for.

“He ticks all the boxes for me. He will be one of the better D men in the Elite league next year.

“We require one more D man. For that position we are looking for some size and presence. We have made an offer to a player who we feel meets our requirements and hope to hear shortly” said Adams.

“I hope to have my roster complete within the next few days as we are close to signing our final forward as well.”

* Steelers have confirmed they’d been interested in Matt Keith, who has now signed for Braehead Clan.