Sheffield Steelers have beaten off interest from freespending European clubs to retain forward Tyler Mosienko for a second season.
The player arrived in a blaze of controversy last July; he’d been caught spot-fixing with a previous club.
But the 31 year old conducted himself with dignity and a straight-forward attitude off the ice - and was a workhorse keeping the second line together on it.
He notched 26+66 points for Steelers helping them win the League title.
Coach Paul Thompson said: “At one point we thought we had lost him to Europe where he was attracting a lot of interest. He was an unsung hero last year playing behind the big line that took most of the headlines. I love his energy and work ethic and the way he plays in both ends of the rink.
“Speaking to him, he said he thought his point production could be improved and that he could do more. I like players setting themselves goals. Every club would love a Mosienko on their side and I’m delighted that come August he will be back on the ice with us.”
Mosienko commented: “It was great speaking with Paul and hearing his plans for the club and also for me as well. He answered all of my questions.
“My family and I had a great time in Sheffield and we are happy to be returning.
“On the ice we had a great group of guys and a great team that came close to winning it all.
“I can’t wait to get back over and started again.”
Steelers will commence their pre season with two Champions Hockey League warm up games against Braehead Clan on the 15 and 1 August at iceSheffield.