Tough winger King to rule rink, claims Finnerty

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SHEFFIELD Steelers will introduce their new heavyweight to the Arena crowd on Saturday.

While many fans at the 20th anniversary Festival of Hockey will be there to welcome back stars of the past in a Legends game in the afternoon, many followers will be interested to see Canadian winger Colt King in action.

“In King we have an all arounder; a big tough man with a scoring touch,” says player coach Ryan Finnerty.

“You don’t get as many points in the Central Hockey League without that touch. He is also there to help police things, he certainly isn’t a one dimensional fighter but if things get out of hand we know he’s there to back us up. Kinger plays and hits hard, he is the power winger we need.”

King was second highest penalty taker for Rapid City Rush in South Dakota, USA last season, the highest the season before. And in the 2008-9 season, for Rocky Mountain Rage in the same league, he was top goal scorer, top points scorer and second highest in penalty minutes.

Steelers other ‘policemen’ will be returning winger Neil Clark and Matt Stephenson, who played for Texas Stars in the AHL last term.

Finnerty expects Saturday’s ‘friendly’ against his old team Cardiff Devils to be anything but courteous, saying: “Cardiff will be a bruising first game for us, it’s a big ask considering the fact we have all these new players. We will start as we mean to go on - this Steelers team must dictate how games are played, we will be on the front foot and take games to other teams.

“My Steelers’ team will play with in your face intensity.”