Sheffield Steelers bad boy: the boos won’t rile me

Tyler Mosienko
Tyler Mosienko
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The inevitable booing and abuse will be water off a duck’s back for Tyler Mosienko, this coming season.

Sheffield Steelers’ latest recruit, who was involved in a spot fixing scandal which led to him being fired by his Danish club in January, expects there to be some negative comments directed at him from opposition players and fans. “I guess I deserve it, I did what I did” says the Canadian centre.

“If somebody feels the need to bring it up on ice or is yelling in the stands that’s up to them. There is no need to bring it up as I have already been through the wringer. But I can definitely deal with it; this has hardened me a lot. I have a thick skin.”

The 30-year-old forward says he won’t be dropping the gloves if rival players indulged in ‘sledging.’ “My job is to help Sheffield win games, and I don’t think me fighting is the way to do that.”

Mosienko describes his own style as feisty: “I play to win and I play for keeps. My biggest attribute is that I do what I have to do to help the team win. It all starts in my own zone, where I am disciplined defensively. I like to make nice passes and enjoy scoring goals too. I am sure I will love it in Sheffield.”