SHEFFIELD, U.K. – The Sheffield Steelers today announced the addition of highly experienced left winger Stefan Meyer to the squad.
The 28-year-old Albertan native joins the team from German side Schwenninger Wild Wings where he registered 22 points in 39 games, and is likened to a more offensive version of former Steelers fan favourite Tylor Michel.
The 6’2 winger was selected in the second round (55th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers, and would go on to play 4 games for the side in the 2007/08 season.
Meyer turned professional in 2005, after putting up some great numbers with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL, including leading the team with 77 points (34+43) in his final season.
Meyer then spent the next four seasons with the Rochester Americans in the AHL where he amassed an impressive 130 points in 266 games with the Americans, and played alongside former Steelers’ Rob Globke and Neil Clark.
It was during his time in Rochester where Meyer got called up to play for the Florida Panthers along with Rob Globke due to an injury crisis. Meyer would ice in 4 games, but fail to register a point with the Panthers.
Meyer then switched to AHL rivals the San Antonio Rampage for the 2009/10 season, where he would register 18 points in 67 games, as well as 86 penalty minutes.
Meyer then moved to fellow AHL team Abbotsford Heat for the 2010/11 season, where he recorded 17 points in 42 games, his performances enough to earn him 16 games with NHL powerhouse the Calgary Flames, where he picked up two assists.
It was during his time in Abbotsford that Meyer played alongside another Steelers new boy, Gord Baldwin. The two will link up once again at the ‘House of Steel’ under the tutelage of Doug Christiansen.
Meyer then split the following season between Abbotsford once again, and also Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Elitserien) where he picked up 7 points (1+6) in 25 games with the Karlstad based team.
Meyer has initially inked a one year deal with the South Yorkshire side, and his versatility is something which attracted Steelers Head Coach Doug Christiansen, “In Stefan, we are getting a player who has killed penalties in the NHL, AHL and throughout his career. He has played a number of different roles. He is big, skates well and competes,” Christiansen said.
“I like his passion for the game and his desire to have a great season. In speaking with Stefan, I know that he is hungry and wants to be great in our league. I expect him to have a great season. He is a player who gets his points through hard work and a willingness to pay the price to score. I am looking forward to working with Stefan,” Christiansen added.
The addition of Meyer only strengthens a strong looking Steelers team, with the likes of Rob Dowd, Jeff Legue and Steven Goertzen posing the main offensive threat.
The Steelers do however need to replace the vacant hole left by forward Ryan Menei, who has decided against coming to Sheffield citing ‘family reasons’ behind his decision. The Steelers still have one defenceman and two forwards left to sign, with the new season only being five weeks away.
Meyer spoke about his decision to join the Steelers, “I can’t wait to arrive in Sheffield. I’m excited to get going. There were a lot of factors in me choosing Sheffield. Firstly the coaching staff, I like the way they talk and put themselves over to me, they seem like coaches I will enjoy playing for,” Meyer said.
“I’ve done my homework. I know I am coming to a team with a winning tradition, a great building and long history. We want to add to that history,” Meyer added.
“I’m a player who does a bit of everything. At the American league level I’ve scored 20 goals. At the NHL level I’ve killed penalties. I like dirty goals. Working hard for everything good that happens. I stick up for myself and my team mates. I don’t go looking for trouble but I don’t turn my back on it either,” Meyer concluded.
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