HE’S the type of forward hockey players just love skating alongside.
And now Shawn Limpright - goals provider extraordinaire - is on his way to Sheffield Steelers.
The Canadian left wing has made a 14-season career out of engineering chances and goals for team-mates. Limpwright, 31, can also score himself - but his trademark is in selflessly providing for others.
Steelers’ coach Ryan Finnerty said the Canadian’s availability came out of the blue. “If I had known Shawn was available he would have been my number one summer target” admits Finnerty.
“I played against this guy back in the day and always kept an eye on how his career progressed. At first I thought he was staying in north America, then heard he was in France, then back in the States but when the chance came up to snatch him and I took it with both hands.
“This guy has over 170 pro goals and over 1,000 pro penalty minutes. His teams have made the Play Offs in the last seven years. He is a captainand even though he hasn’t got the resume that shows NHL and several hundred AHL games this guy is the real deal.”
The player had a career best last season in terms of assists - 53 in 65 regular season games, along with 28 goals.
That was with the Rapid City Rush outfit in the Central Hockey League.
He was the South Dakota club’s second top scorer, an All Star player, and, in the previous year, was a championship-winner (along with Steelers’ goalie John DeCaro) with Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, in Louisiana.
While Limpright was never drafted by the NHL, he had 51 games in the AHL with Syracuse Crunch.