Steelers coaches past and present worked together to land the clubs latest signing, Tanner Eberle.
Former head coach Mike Blaisdell gave Paul Thompson a glowing reference on the 24 year old winger after watching him play his junior hockey in Regina and Moose Jaw and then following his career at the professional level.
“Tanner was on the radar” said Thompson “I’d watched three full games of him and liked what I saw. Then the agent mentioned Blazer was a big fan so I called him up and Mike confirmed all the good things I had seen
“Tanner plays with an edge, he is a good skater who competes hard. He feels he can contribute to our line up and I agree. I think we will find he will be a character player for us.
“We need to play with energy, maybe he will replace some of the energy we will be missing with Levi retiring”
Mike Blaisdell coached the Steelers to multiple championships including the 2001 Grand Slam, he has always kept in close contact with the Steelers and was delighted to have been able to assist the club with the Eberle signing.
“Fans will gravitate to this guy” he said “I like him a lot. He can score and make plays but he also brings the Grit Factor. He isn’t afraid to get under the skin of the opposition.
“I believe he can play at the American league level. He skates so well and I think the bigger rinks in the UK will help him even more. He has a ton of potential.
“I’ve been out on the ice with him when he has practised and I like his shot , he drills it.
“The biggest thing for me though is that he brings it every night. He plays hard and he is a scoring threat whenever he is out there”
Eberle played 280 games in the WHL scoring 80 goals and 172 points for Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors.
Turning professional in 2015 Eberle went on to play 176 games in the ECHL and 11 in the AHL.
The 2018-19 Elite League season will be Eberle’s first outside North America.