Steelers’ coach Doug Christiansen has expressed his admiration for young Dundee Stars goalie Nic Riopel.
The Sheffield team boss is on the hunt for two netminders - John DeCaro has left the club and Geoff Woolhouse has yet to agree a deal.
Christiansen, currently in Belfast, said: “We need to sign two goaltenders. Geoff and I have had a number of communications regarding him coming back. I am hopeful that he does. Geoff’s the best back up goalie in the league.
“The search for a starting goalie is in full swing. I am confident we are going to get an excellent goaltender. We need a player that can be consistent, as well as, steal a game or two.
“When you watch the Stanley Cup Play-offs you really see the impact a high level goaltender can have. Often you see a team get badly outshot and still win. Goalies can have such an impact on a game. A great example was Riopel last year. He gave his team a chance to win every night. If we are fortunate enough to have a goalie who can excel in the EIHL, our team will be very good.”
French Canadian Riopel, 24, logged 3,000 minutes for Dundee last year and was a frequent object of frustration for Sheffield forwards last year.
Meanwhile Steelers believe d-man Matt Stephenson is to retire from the sport.