Gerad Adams is the Canadian Mountie who got his man, today.
All Summer long, the Sheffield Steelers coach has tracked Colton Fretter, a 32-year-old consistent points scorer.
After the patient pursuit, the 5ft 10ins Ontario-born forward has finally signed a two-year deal with the Elite League club.
Steelers regard him as “their top summer target.”
Fretter, who scores and assists in similar numbers, led his Austrian team (Klagenfurter) in scoring last season and has iced for some top sides around North American and Europe.
He is not a huge penalty taker but has a feisty side - he was banned for three games last season for delivering a “dangerous check...showing no regard for the puck.”
Fretter played 185 games in the AHL (110 points.)
“He has great experience and experience of scoring goals in top leagues around the world” said Adams.
“He is a clinical shooter. We were looking for a right winger, a right-handed shot. In Mike Forney, Jay Latulippe and Tyler Mosienko we know we have three centres who can ‘dish’ very well. I needed that big shot on the right wing and I don’t think they come much bigger than Colton’s”
Adams said that whilst Fretter was the last forward to sign he was the first he’d tried to bring to the club following last season’s play off win.
“I was made aware of Colton and immediately took references. I liked everything I heard. People I trusted told me great things. We made approaches but players of his quality have choices and it was important we didn’t try and force the issue. We gave Colton all the time he needed. I think the way we went about business impressed him that we were good people at a great club. I stayed in touch with him through the agent, making sure he knew we wanted him and would give him as much time as we could.”