SHEFFIELD, U.K. – The Sheffield Steelers today announced the addition of highly experienced defenceman Dustin Kohn to the team, completing the defensive unit.
The 26-year-old Albertan native joins the team from Czech Extraliga side HC Karlovy Vary where he registered 3 points in 19 appearances last year.
The 6’1 blueliner was selected in the second round (46th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, and would go on to play 22 games for the side in the 2009/10 season, where he recorded 4 assists.
Kohn started his major junior hockey career in 2003 where he played for the highly respected Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, playing alongside household NHL names such as Andrew Ladd and Ryan Getzlaf.
In his third season with the Hitmen Kohn was traded to fellow WHL rivals the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he would register an impressive 78 points in 109 games.
Kohn also made his professional debut whilst at the Wheat Kings when he played in two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL during the 2005/06 season.
Kohn did enough during his two games with the side to warrant a place on the team, and he would spend the next four seasons with the Sound Tigers playing in 222 games, recording an impressive 65 points (13+52) and played alongside current Steelers defenceman Drew Fata.
On January 19th 2010 the Islanders came calling when veteran defenceman Andy Sutton was suspended, leaving the team short on the blueline. Kohn would make his debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and play a further 21 games for the team after.
Kohn then made the switch to Europe in 2011 where he signed for Swedish Allsvenskan side Örebro HK picking up 5 assists in 38 games.
Kohn has signed a two-year deal with the South Yorkshire side which includes a package to study at the prestigious University of Sheffield to obtain his Masters in Business Administration.
Steelers Head Coach Doug Christiansen spoke about his latest acquisition, “Dustin Kohn completes an excellent defensive core for the Steelers. He can do a bit of everything. He can put up points on the powerplay, be a shut down defenceman and be a great penalty killer. He gives us a great group on our blueline. I am sure that he will be a phenomenal Steeler,” Christiansen said.
The arrival of Kohn has signalled an end for veteran Steelers defenceman Rod Sarich, who now seems to be deemed surplus to requirements. It is rumoured that Belfast Giants are interested, as well as EPL side the Manchester Phoenix.
The Steelers now have two import forwards still to sign, but according to Assistant Coach Marc Lefebvre, announcements will be sooner rather than later.
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