A RYAN Finnerty clone was unveiled by Sheffield Steelers today.
The coach signed former Cardiff Devils team mate Tylor Michel, 28. Michel played for Swedish team Bjorkloven last season after two years in Wales.
Like Finnerty, the Canadioan is relatively small at 5ft 10ins.But his career record penalty minutes tally during his last year in Wales (138 mins; 49 games) suggests he is gritty and willing to stand up for his team. That’s just what Finnerty liked to display in his own career.
“I guess he is my replacement with me moving behind the bench” said Finnerty. “He will get us going, he will get under every players skin he plays against. Home fans will love him. Away fans will want to kill him.” In his last season in the Elite League, he scored a 23 goals and 39 assists.
Michel, who wants to be a fireman when he retires, describes himself as an “excellent team player, with immense integrity.” He also has “strong leadership qualities.”
His arrival will be a sickener for Cardiff, who didn’t want him to leave after the 2010-11 campaign. “Our fans will love him, I’m guessing he’ll be their favourite” said Finnerty. He is in every team he plays in. Our two first lines are going to be pretty skilled.
“We needed to bring in some presence, tempo and grit. It’s about finding a balance. We’ve signed gifted players like Shields and Pecker. We had to accompany that with aggression. That’s where this fits.”