Tomas Petruska has made an immediate and positive impression on his coach and new team-mates in the Sheffield Steelers locker room.
The Slovakian left winger was a last-minute addition to the Elite League line-up, arriving just an hour or two before last Saturday’s game faced off against Coventry Blaze.
He did well on his debut, despite his travel issues, and scored in the 6-0 destruction of Cardiff Devils the following night in south Wales.
Coach Gerad Adams believes he will contribute considerably to the war effort.
The team boss said: “Petruska is great, he gets on with the boys and is very good in training, I am very happy with him.
“As a player he is skilled and in very good physical condition.
“He’s very quick in the corners and likes having the puck. I think he will get better as he goes along.”
Petruska, at 28, has had an interesting career, honed first in his native country, but then he had five years in American university hockey before trying his luck back in Slovakia, then Denmark and finally Austria.
His best season was at Herning in Denmark where he was his team’s second leading scorer and was a Danish Cup Champion.
He scored 20+ 26 in 40 games in the League there and a further 12 points in as many Play off games. Now he has an opportunity to land himself a permanent contract at Sheffield or at least showcase his skills to other potential employers.
Petruska might get a point or two against bottom of the league Dundee, tomorrow, a team that conceded 11 there on January 14 in the Challenge Cup.
Steelers say injury victim Colton Fretter is 50-50 to return after missing three games with a shoulder problem.
Dustin Kohn, who has missed eight games, will not be available, again.