Sheffield Steelers land Italian international forward

Doug Christiansen - Sheffield Steelers.
Doug Christiansen - Sheffield Steelers.
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Big game hunter Rob Sirianni became a Sheffield Steeler today (Sunday.)

The 5ft 11ins Italian Canadian winger signed in as part of the strategy to replace the goals left by Max Lacroix’s injury.

“Rob is an offensive player. He is a scorer” said Doug Christiansen.

“Since the loss of Max, we have been looking to add offense to our line-up. Adding Rob will really help us. He is a proven winner and has played some of his best hockey in big games. I am looking for him to give us an offensive spark.”

A mark of his calibre can be seen in his award as Most Valuable Player in the Italian Serie A League, for Valpellice, last season.

The 29-year-old has played in Italy since 2009 although has a background including 56 games (26 points) in the AHL.

He is a regular for the Italian national team and a graduate of Bemidji State College in Minnesota, USA.

Sirianni played at Syracuse Crunch at the same time that ex Steelers’ coach Ben Simon was on the roster.

And at Binghamton Senators he teamed up with another ex Sheffield winger, Mike Sgroi.

Sirianni’s arrival, ultimately, make force some other changes in the roster, when Sheffield’s injuries clear up.

Last night Christiansen made his first return to old club Belfast Giants.

It wasn’t a happy event though, his team nosediving 4-2, the final Irish goal an empty-netter.

It took just 54 seconds for Craig Peacock to put the home side ahead, Jeff Swez adding to that at 26.03.

Jeff Legue and Adam Keefe traded goals before it became 3-2 through Rob Dowd.

Steelers hooked their goalie in the final minute only for Giants Dustin Whitecotton to convert.