WHILE the signing of imports normally creates the biggest excitement at British hockey clubs, the impact of Sheffield Steelers’ signing of Nottingham Panthers’ British defenceman Danny Meyers has caused its own momentum.
And none more than Steelers’ Canadian d-man Matt Stephenson who sites Meyers’ arrival as central to his decision to return to the South Yorkshire club.
Stephenson, trailed at one point by a French suitor, said: “I was being pulled in different directions and then I heard that we’d signed Meyers.
“That meant we will have six quality D men next season something the Elite League hasn’t seen before.
“It was the back-breaker for me to return. Meyers was a pain in the backside to play against - he is such a competitor - and it will be great to have him on our side next season and play alongside.
“He brings intensity, passion and a great work ethic. Also the guy is a leader and always positive.
“I have no idea why he and Nottingham parted ways but their loss in certainly our gain. In the room and on the ice we are better for him being with us.
“It’s hard to explain to people how important have six D men will be next year, for a start if there are injuries you aren’t killing guys playing one short. When we have all six going it means you don’t have to conserve energy for later on, everything is full on.
“By the looks of things we will have 11 forwards as well. That depth can only help us especially when the depth is quality depth like we now have with our whole defensive group.”