The season starts again for Sheffield Steelers on Saturday.
First and foremost the new-look team makes it’s debut on Sheffield Arena ice, after playing earlier games at iceSheffield.
And secondly Tyler Mosienko, a player with a fascinating back-story, will make his first competitive appearance, against Cardiff Devils.
Mosienko received a five-game ban from the IIHF following a spot-fixing scandal in Denmark earlier this year.
That suspension has now been served and the 30-year-old Canadian is free to ice in competitive action for Steelers. “It was a long time to sit out” the said on video at thestar.co.uk “Every day getting out of bed with no hockey games to be played was a pretty crappy feeling.
“I knew coming into this season I would have to re-prove myself and re-build things and I was prepared for that.
“There was nothing I could do about the five games (ban,) for me the season starts this coming weekend.
“I really enjoy the team that G (coach Gerad Adams) put together, you’ve got some toughness, skill, speed, and size. And in me, maybe some some tenacity. The British guys are kind of the same. It’s pretty cool.”
Mosienko feels a bond of gratitude with those who have helped him overcome the trauma of his experience in Scandinavia.“Team-mates, the ogansiation and eveybody stood by me, they have been really aweswome about it and I appreciate that. They are excited for me to come back and I am even more excited to come back.”