SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Swiss coach says Cory Pecker is a winner

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THE coach of Switzerland’s national team convinced Sheffield Steelers that they were on a winner when the chance came up to sign Canadian winger Cory Pecker. coach

The Star reported yesterday how coach Ryan Finnerty had obtained the signature of the 6ft, natural goal-scorer.

Today it was revealed how Swiss team boss Sean Simpson endorsed the Elite League’s clubs interest in the 300-game AHL man: “You only have to look at Pecker’s career, his stats, where he has played and you recognise he is a good player and one that would help us,” said Finnerty.

“But like with every player you want to do your homework and find out as much as you can about a man we hope will be a leader of our club. We spoke with former team mates and coaches including Sean Simpson, he had coached and has seen Pecker play a huge amount and we got a great read on him,” said Finnerty.

“We were told that he was a character person and player, a hugely skilled forward who would generate offence for us.

“When you hear the words “he can score in any league in the world” you know you have to try and complete this deal and make it happen.

“What also impressed me in my talks with Cory was that he didn’t see coming to Britain as anything below him.

“He relishes the challenge. I expect big things from him, Im excited about the prospect of his being with us.”

Pecker, a 31-year-old native of Montreal, joins from Olten in the Swiss League.