Rocky start to Euro career for new Steeler
New Steelers' signing Jérémy Beaudry's introduction to European hockey was an abrupt one.
After five league games with Amiens, in France the Canadian defenceman suddenly had to move on - and quickly.
Covid had strengthened its grip in France and his term there was cut short.
However, the 27-year-old skated immediately into a new job in Denmark, was then recruited by Sheffield Steelers - and is now looking to say in this part of the world for some time to come!
Beaudry, who will debut for Steelers at Nottingham Panthers on April 3, certainly left his mark in France (seven points in five games) and at the Danish club Rødovre Mighty Bulls (six in nine.)
And Steelers will hope he will bring a similar consistency in an orange jersey.
"I’ve always wanted to pursue my career in Europe and last summer I decided it was time, even with this pandemic going on, to move overseas" explained the native of Quebec.
"The reason why I left Amiens was because while I was there, France announced another lockdown and the league decided to reduce their season in half and potentially not have playoffs.
"Then I received interest from a team in Denmark and decided to make the move so I would have a chance to play in the playoffs.
"I’ve been part of two great organisations in France and Denmark and had a great time in both places."
When Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, it was time to move on - and Sheffield coach Aaron Fox was ready to pounce.
"When my agent told me he got contacted by Aaron, I knew it would be a great choice," said Beaudry.
"I know how great the organisation is - how it takes good care of their players - and the fan base. The team has a win-mentality and it’s exciting to be part of it for this (EIHL) mini series.
"The 181-game ECHL player is concentrating on the job in hand in South Yorkshire.
But he says: "My intentions are to play in Europe again next year.
"I have really enjoyed my time here and I want to keep living this experience. Obviously, my focus right now is on the mini series. Once that is done, we will think about next year."