CHRIS Frank returns to the Elite League with Sheffield Steelers this week with a point to prove.
The 26-year-old had 50 games with Cardiff Devils last season but wasn’t invited back. He had amassed a jaw-dropping 324 penalty minutes.
Devils thought he was tough, of decent standard but lacked pace and discipline.
There are no such reservations for Steelers’ coach Ryan Finnerty, though, for a player who played for San Antonio, one of Drew Fata’s old clubs.
He said: “We spoke all last summer with Chris trying to bring him here. I think he enjoyed his time in Cardiff but wanted to give North America one last go. With the (NHL) lock out and the politics back there that decision didn’t work out (he had nine games with ECHL side San Francisco Bulls).
“We are lucky to be in the position where a player like him becomes available at this time of the year. With Jim Jorgenson out until late February we need another guy at the back. Timing worked out right with Tom Sestito leaving us; it meant we had the space and the budget to bring another guy in. Chris will be bring us toughness of course but he is also a very good player, he is mean and nasty and I will be looking for him to continue with this style whilst with us.”
Danny Wood has signed for Steeldogs and played for the EPl team, last night.