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Sheffield Steelers secure enforcer Mike Sgroi

Mike Sgroi
Sgroi has had try outs in the NHL with New Jersey and Calgary

The Sheffield Steelers have completed the signing of 6ft 5in "tough guy" Mike Sgroi from Elmira Jackalls.

The 31-year-old Canadian replaces forward Brad Cruikshank who has been released by the Steelers.

Sgroi has a reputation as an enforcer in the North American ECHL where he has played the majority of his career.

"Nobody messes around with my team-mates, that's always been a number one for me, team-mates are family." Sgroi told BBC Radio Sheffield.

In addition to protecting his new team-mates at the Steelers Sgroi says he will contribute with goals as well.

"I'm going to be an intimidator and I'm going to use my size and strength and attitude to put myself in scoring situations," he said.

Steelers head coach Dave Matsos said: "A situation came up where a super tough guy became available, a player who can score, fight, entertain and give the club an adrenalin boost, a larger-than-life, intimidating character."

The Toronto-born left winger is expected to arrive in time to face the Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup semi finals next week.

Meanwhile, the club have released forward Brad Cruikshank who joined them from Basingstoke 14 months ago.

Cruikshank has scored 12 times in 35 games in the Elite League this season and is expected to join another British club in the next few days.

The departing forward has no hard feelings about his release from the Steelers.

"I want the Steelers to win, I want the club, the coach the rest of the team to win, I will be cheering them on from wherever I am," he said.

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