One of the surprise packages of British ice hockey last season has been snapped up by Sheffield Steelers.
American Chad Langlais only arrived at Belfast Giants in the middle of February - and turned out to be a lot better than even their coach Doug Christiansen had expected.
Now in charge at Sheffield, Christansen has made him his first new import signing for Steelers.
A Belfast source said: “Nobody, including Doug expected him to be as good as he turned out. He came in, under the radar, and there are not that many that know much about him now. But he is quick, he can be aggressive even at 5ft 8ins, and is offensive minded - he gets goals and assists.”
In his second game for Giants, he scored 1+3 against Coventry Blaze, the team which has just signed Sheffield veteran Ashley Tait.
Shortly after that he got four more points (2+2) at Cardiff Devils’ rink.
Langlais, 26, has signed an initial one-year contract at Sheffield.
Part of the reason why he is not well known is his low-key background. After studying at University of Michigan from 2007 Langlais turned professional in 2011 moving to the Central Hockey League (CHL) playing 43 games in Dayton and 24 in Evansville.
Langlais joined the Giants mid way through the 2012-13 season after short spells with Arizona (CHL) and Trenton (ECHL.)
Christiansen commented “Chad is an extremely talented hockey player.
“He was outstanding for us last season in Belfast. He skates extremely well and is excellent on the power play.
“He has great vision and can make game-changing plays. He scored a couple highlight goals last season.
“I am confident that the fans in Sheffield will be very happy with Langlais in a Steeler uniform.
“I think with Jim Jorgensen leaving us Chad is a perfect fit into our ‘D’ core” said the coach.
“It leaves us two spaces to fill on our blue line. Work continues on bringing in experienced players to fill those positions.”