SHEFFIELD, U.K. – Just nine games into the 2012/13 EIHL season the axe has already been wielded in Sheffield by Steelers Head Coach Ryan Finnerty.
The South Yorkshire side today announced that they had released Cory Pecker from his contract after under performing in a Steelers jersey.
The 31-year-old right winger joined the Steelers over the summer from Swiss outfit EHC Olten where he registered 25 points (8+17) in just 19 games.
Unfortunately Pecker failed to live up to the hype and impressive reputation that he has garnered from playing in Switzerland for the last five seasons.
Montreal native Pecker also has over 300 AHL games to his name with the likes of Cincinnati and Binghamton with his most prolific season coming with the latter team as he registered an impressive 47 points in 78 games.
In his eight games with the Steelers Pecker recorded a respectable 10 points (1+9) but this wasn’t enough for him to keep his place in Ryan Finnerty’s side.
“It’s unfortunate when a guy has to leave. We had high hopes for Cory but unfortunately things haven’t worked out as we all had of wished,” Finnerty explained.
“We are immediately looking for a replacement but will only move for the right guy. Lee Esders has done more than enough to earn his spot in the top 9, his attitude and work ethic has put many others to shame. I’m confident that he will continue in this role,” Finnerty added.
“We wish Cory well and than him for his time here, the club though can’t stand still. This is a winning organisation, I hope this move will be the only one I have to make this season. The players here know me and know I won’t and can’t accept performances like the one we saw on Sunday,” Finnerty said.
It will now be interesting to see whom Ryan Finnerty brings in as a replacement. With the NHL lockout on will it be an NHL’er? Or will it be a seasoned veteran of the European leagues? Only time will tell.
The club have also announced that former player and General Manager Mike O’Connor has returned to the club as Commercial Manager, a position that he has also previously held.
Steelers owner Tony Smith spoke about his latest appointment, “Sometimes when an application comes across your desk you just know it’s “the one” when I saw Mikes name I just knew we had the right man for the job. He has the experience and man management skills to get the job done!” Smith said.
I have spent most of the past two weeks interviewing possible candidates, all of a very high standard and in the end it came down to pure experience and knowledge of the game, Mike O’Connor has both in abundance,” Smith explained.
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