Tim Spencer will take on the role of policeman at Sheffield Steelers, next season.
The left winger will be told to provide protection for the team’s skill players.
The 27 year-old, who played 104 AHL games for Manitoba, Binghampton and Springfield Americans is not known for his goals or assists.
But Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen “He will do a great job for our team. He’s a tough, physical player. Our expectations are that he will defend himself and his teammates but will also contribute in all three zones of the ice and in all phases of the game.
“We needed to make sure that had toughness, especially when we go into the barns in our own conference. We want our players to play with confidence in those buildings knowing that we have both team and individual toughness behind them. I’m confident that Tim will contribute on the ice along the lines of former players of mine like Adam Keefe and Mike Hoffman.”
One of his former coach’s described Spencer as a “very imposing player. He’s also great in the locker room.”