Paul Thompson plunders his old club Aalborg to bring new d-man to Sheffield Steelers

Jace Coyle; new man on the Arena blue line
Jace Coyle; new man on the Arena blue line
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Paul Thompson swooped on the best defenceman at his previous club today to bring in a second blueliner to Sheffield Steelers.

The coach agreed terms with 24-year-old Canadian Jace Coyle, whom Thompson coached last season at Danish side Aalborg.

Thompson immediately likened him to Neal Martin, formerly of Coventry Blaze - which is an accolade in itself.

The move follows the signing of another Canadian d-man, Russ Moyer.

Thompson said: “Jace is young and hungry. My best d-man in Aalborg and probably one of the top five in the Danish league. He has a winning attitude and he just wants to get better every day. Jace has great mobility. He skates very well, there won’t be a more mobile D-man in the league than he.

“He is a right shot and it’s a heavy shot he possesses. I expect him to log a lot of minutes, he has a great engine and is in incredible shape.

“I like the fact that he knows what to expect from me, my standards and ways.”

Coyle says the new Steelers coach was a defining on his decision to join the Elite League champions.

“I like him, we got on well last year and he is a coach who suits me” he said. “Thommo is intense but fair. He comes down hard on guys but he also keeps his word and they are qualities in a coach that are hard to find.

“Thommo contacted me once he took the job in Sheffield. He told me that the Steelers have a great fan base, a great Arena and ownership that wants to win and looks after the players. As a player those are things you want to hear.”

Coyle describes his style as: “I’m an offensive guy, I carry the puck and like to quarter back the power-play. I work hard and love competing.”

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