The hottest property in British ice hockey signed for Sheffield Steelers today.
Rob Dowd agreed a two year contract - and while no one single skater can entirely influence events, the capture will be seen as a huge component in the club’s bid to bring the League title home.
In some respects, it’s surprising the ambitious 24-year-old has gone back to the club he played for between 2008-11.
He left Steelers for Doug Christiansen’s league-winning Belfast Giants, where he was top scorer, before trying his luck abroad, with Troja/Ljungby in Sweden. Having seen Christiansen had signed for Sheffield, Dowd opted to return on one of the best financial packages available in the domestic sport.
Dowd said: “I’m so happy to be back home - I consider Sheffield to be my home. I enjoyed my time away, I learnt a lot and played some great hockey in Belfast and Troja but this move back feels right. Doug will make a hug difference in Sheffield. I loved playing for him in Belfast. He was hard on me and all the guys. Doug wants to win as badly as I do, you see it in every training session.
“He pushes you hard, all of the time. Some guys don’t like it but I did and can’t wait to get back working with him again.
“When I heard he was coaching in Sheffield it made my decision all the easier” added the Teessider.
“I know Doug will put a great side into Sheffield, I also know he won’t let up on us all year, not until that title comes back. He is here to win, I am here to win.”