Sheffield Steelers’ big close-season capture

Mathieu Roy
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Sheffield Steelers have plundered a free-scoring ace who had been signed for Norwegian team Tønsberg Vikings.

French Canadian Mathieu Roy, previously a three-year captain of ECHL side Florida Everblades, pulled out of the move after off-ice problems at the new club.

Sheffield coach Gerad Adams nipped in quick - and signed the man who could have a similar impact as the now-departed Jeff Legue.

Adams said: “This is a big signing for us - a three year East Coast captain, one who led his team to a Kelly Cup championship.

“This is a forward that also led the ECHL in goals and points just two seasons ago - a first team all star.

“Mathieu had signed in Norway but there were problems with his club and once we knew we had a chance of signing him we jumped.”

The 27-year-old’s signature will answer some of the concerns amongst fans, with so many influential players leaving.

Adams said: “Alongside (new capture) Mike Forney our forward lines are coming together, we have two more forwards and two more at the back end to find and we are well underway with our search. Our policy for waiting is working.

“We lost some quality guys this summer and they can only be replaced by quality people and players coming in. To sign a guy with this much experience, leadership and quality, one that has won before and in fact led his team over the line was too good an opportunity to walk away from.”

Steelers believe the six-feet tall left winger - who hasn’t played in any leagues outside north America - will bring “goals, grittiness and leadership” to the Arena team.

They will certainly hope he is more successful in Sheffield than his former Everblades team-mate Rylan Galiardi, who lasted just 12 games last season before being released by Doug Christiansen.

Roy also played with ex Steeler enforcer Tim Spencer, at Florida.