COLT King will be a new powerhouse winger for Steelers next season - and that looks like spelling the end of Rob Globke’s career in Sheffield.
Coach Ryan Finnerty has snapped up the 6ft 2in, 220lb, Calgary-born battler on a one year contract.
It’s Finnerty’s biggest import signing so far, following the agreement of terms with American University league defencmean defenceman Chad Huttel.
And, with another import wing Neil Clark seemingly likely to retain on Sheffield’s books, and player coach Finnerty filling the departing Derek Campbell’s role, it looks as if there will be no room for Globke.
Former NHL star Globke admitted to The Star at the end of last season that, after two concussion injuries, he had been apprehensive going into some games last year. That may have played a part in Finnerty’s decision to sign left hand shot King, a player who is no stranger to dropping the gloves.
“This guy will be a star and a fan favourite” said Finnerty. “Clubs in North America, Europe and the Elite League were trying to sign him, he is a big strong winger who hits, fights and also finds the back of the net as well. “He was my number one Summer target, the first guy I thought of when I took over in Sheffield.
“He is the perfect Steeler-type player and the fans will love him.”
King was drafted by NHL giants Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and after turning pro spent two years in the East Coast league.
He played with Rod Sarich and Brett Clouthier at Augusta Lynx in 2004.
King then moved to the Central League where he scored 129 minor league goals and collecting over 1,100 penalty minutes, with teams called Rapid City Rush and Rocky Mountain Rage.
Finnerty said. “Our team will play bigger, tougher and more feisty with him on it. You can see the direction I want to go, hard working, strong, aggressive, in-your-face type Steelers hockey.”
King likes to finish checks and drive the net hard in every shift - and “get in a fight here and there if I have to, just try to help the team.”
At Augusta, he said: “ I’m not really a skill player, but I can help the team.
“Crash and bang along the walls and going to the net, chipping in every once in a while.”