Steelers have revealed a significant morale booster only days before their Play Off semi-final against Hull, with a new two-year deal for Elite League Player of the Year, Mathieu Roy.
The retention of the EIHL player of the Year who combines goals with grit will be a major factor in the defence of what could end up as two titles. Roy has scored 43 goals (joint top league scorer alongside line-mate Mike Forney) and 98 pts in 66 games.
“When you have the best player in the league you want to keep him” said coach Gerad Adams.
“I’m delighted that Mathieu has decided to remain a Steeler and for two years.
“Its not just about his goals, its about his work ethic, his leadership and his presence. Having him on our team makes us a better team”
Roy joined the Steelers from Florida Everblades where he spent six seasons, three as captain winning the ECHL championships and that division’s scoring race.
He recently dodged questions from The Star about his future, but now says: ““I feel like I fit in to this organisation. After the year we have all experienced it made sense to sign again. Remember this year isn’t over yet either, we have another trophy to try and win. There is a good feeling here, everyone in the whole organisation has treated us well. There is no experience that beats winning a championship, the emotion we felt a couple of weeks ago we want to feel again, not just this year but in the next two seasons as well.”