Tylor Michel is leaving Sheffield Steelers in search of riches...but not the money kind.
The skater voted Player of the year, Players Player of the year and Coaches player of the year at the end of the last campaign wants to seek new experiences, .
“It’s no disrespect to the EIHL” Michel told The Star. “But I’ve played three years in the league and a big reason I continue to play is to experience new things and create new life experiences. We don’t get rich playing like NHLers so the only thing that we can do is take on new challenges and create more memories” he said.
“I’m always challenging myself and hoping to take on a new challenge in Europe. If I don’t get an offer that suits my wife and I in Europe I will explore my options in the UK. There are no specifics on teams, just that I will put myself out there. I have an option to play in North America too. Time will tell I suppose.”
Asked if the change of Steelers’ coach had influenced his thoughts he replied: “I had the opportunity to play for Ryan Finnerty and Gerad Adams (Cardiff Devils) and I respected both. I haven’t played for Doug Christiansen - or Paul Thompson (Coventry Blaze) but I respect both those coaches – their game plan and teams – that it had nothing to do with my decision. Doug will do a great job in Sheffield.”
Michel has received “a couple offers” but neither suit him. “I’m going to be patient and see what presents itself. I’m not closing any doors.”
Describing his season at Steelers, he said: “The combination of great fans and teammates made it a year I’ll never forget. We had the best group of guys and it was unfortunate we weren’t able to win silverware to make the experience more memorable.
“Steelers fans treated my wife and I with much class. It really helps when being so far from home” said the Canadian. “I sincerely appreciate the way I was treated.”