STEELERS have overcome their final red-tape challenge to secure Mike Ramsay’s services in time for the August 27 ‘20th birthday’ game against Cardiff Devils.
With Steelers now under the control of a new company run by Sheffield businessman Tony Smith, a whole raft of different criteria had to be agreed to meet immigration requirements.
Ramsay, a Canadian right winger who played in Texas last year, was the last to get clearance for his work permit and visa.
The 25-year-old will arrive in Sheffield next week. “It’s been a rush” admitted coach Ryan Finnerty.
“With the change of ownership, we had to get approval for the new company before visa applications could begin. Everyone, from Government departments to the Elite League have been brilliant and our office staff have worked around the clock. With so many new players coming in the whole visa application process has been a headache but we’re through it” said Finnerty.
“We are still awaiting a couple of visas to be received, though we have been advised that all are OK and are in the process of being issued.
“Mike is one of our top signings and I wanted him and the full team here for the opening game against Cardiff, those two games over that weekend will be our preparation before the league starts in Belfast.”