Jeff Legue will attempt to continue his remarkable scoring record at Sheffield Steelers next season.
The Canadian centre, who has the curious record of netting 34 regular season goals in three out of the last four campaigns, has been re-signed by Doug Christansen, the new coach.
Christiansen has been known to make wholesale changes to his import roster - and to leave his choices to later in the season. But after a relatively quick period of consideration, he decided to give Legue his seventh contract with the club he joined in 2007.
Of Legue, who turns 32 a week on Friday, Christiansen said: “Having coached against Jeff [Legue] I certainly came to appreciate his skill set and goals in big games.
“He can play in all situations, five on five, penalty kill, power play and also takes penalty shots which in our league is very important.
“Speaking with Jeff, I was impressed with his commitment and he echoed my desires to bring winning ways to the club.”
Legue has played 358 league and play off games for the Steelers recording more than 200 goals.
He has helped Steelers win two league championships and two play off titles - and will be tasked to do so again next season after two lean years.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” said Legue. “This is year seven for me and I hope there is more to come at the end of this one.
“I love it in Sheffield and I love being a Steeler.
“Despite being barren over the last couple of seasons, I believe we are close to success once again,” added the former South Caroliona Stingrays forward.
“I was impressed talking to Doug.
“He will bring new ideas and new ways to the club.
“He has the desire to put the Steelers back at the top of the tree.”
Legue had a relatively slow start at Dave Matsos’s team in 2007. He was sixth top points scorer behind Ashley Tait, Joey Talbot, Doug Sheppard, Jonathan Phillips and Ryan Finnerty.
But he has been the club’s most consistent performer since then.
*Danny Meyers will be the guest speaker at The Red Lion pub in Todwick tonight. The event, which is free of charge, gets underway at 8pm.