Life begins at 40 for ‘new’ Sheffield Steeler

New Steelers player Conny Stromberg
New Steelers player Conny Stromberg
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A forty-year-old winger, who started his ice hockey career back in 1992, will get the chance to prove age is just a number after signing for Sheffield Steelers.

Swedish veteran Conny Stromberg will be the oldest player to have donned the Steelers’ kit since coach Mike Blaisdell came out of retirement to play four games in the 2000-1 season.

He will be expected to bring ‘creativity’ to the line-up.

Stromberg had been on Steelers’ radar in the Summer - his age may have been one of the factors why coach Paul Thompson didn’t go for him.

But, with Colton Fretter out for a month or more, Thompson has given the six-foot forward the opportunity to prove he can do the business.

He has put pen to paper on an initial one month trial.

Certainly Stromberg’s points tally so far this campaign were good at his last club, Herlev Eagles, of Denmark.

He scored five goals and 24 assists in 25 games.

Stromberg has played his 24-season career in Scandinavia, Austria, Slovenia and Germany.

He will be the second Swedish player in the current squad, joining Fredrik Vestberg, who is eight years his junior.

Thompson said: “We have injuries, we have games coming thick and fast so it’s important we have bodies available.

“I have been in touch with Conny for a few months now, there has been interest on both sides for a while.

“Now was the time we were able to get the job done. Conny has played at a very high level his whole career, he runs power-plays and is an extremely skilful guy.

“He has been playing very well in Denmark but he has been excited to come over for a while now.

“Whilst the initial deal is for a month he is here fighting for a contract until the end of the year.

“Conny brings a dynamic we haven’t got, as well. We need more creativity. I can’t wait for him to arrive, we are all excited to see him.”

Stromberg played 72 games in the Swedish SEL and a further 304 in the Allsveskan, averaging over a point a game.

Sheffield dropped down to third place last Sunday, overtaken by Belfast Giants.

But they can put that right on Friday and Saturday, when they face the Northern Irish team in back to back away matches.

Belfast have flying high on the back of three straight wins.