Tyler Mosienko is re-paying Sheffield Steelers for the faith they showed in signing him during the Summer.
Few clubs were interested in the 30-year-old Canadian forward after he blotted his copy-book at Esbjerg in Denmark, getting involved in a spot-fixing scandal which ended with him losing his job.
But he has been one of Sheffield’s best players recently, scoring four points in the last two games.
Coach Gerad Adams says: “In the Summer we knew it was a difficult call on whether to bring him in as he had a checkered background.
“But he is playing extremely well for us, and is repaying us every night.”
Mosienko is a busy player who defends well and opens up opportunities offensively.
“He does really well on face offs and almost guarantees us possession right away” said Adams.
“He reads the ice well and because he is small and fast is able to get through the traffic. His approach at the rink marks him out as a real professional.
“The truth is that if he hadn’t had a black mark against him he would be here being the huge asset that he is.”
Adams is looking forward to seeing Rob Dowd back among the goals.
The Teesside winger scored two on his return a nine-match wrist-injury absence, but hasn’t found the net since. “He has had a stop-start season and is kind of getting going again. There is no question we need more goals from him, he knows that, and they will be arriving before not too long.”
n Steelers are delivering more 60,000 flyers through the doors of Sheffield and Rotherham residents this week to advertise the weekend home matches against Belfast Giants and Braehead Clan.
After three weeks away from the Arena, the club wants to see big crowds watching their side against the league’s top teams.