Steelers Commence Summer Signings:
Aaron Fox has already made two signings in his short time with the club, confirming the return of goal-scoring Anthony DeLuca and the capture of former Coventry Blaze forward, Marc-Olivier Vallerand.
DeLuca scored 17 goals for the Steelers after arriving in November. His partnership with Evan McGrath and Jonathan Phillips in the latter part of the season ensured the important points that secured a playoff position.
Vallerand joins the Steelers from EHC Lustenau of the Alps league where he scored 32 goals and 62 points in just 35 games last season. Marco was previously in the Elite league with the Coventry Blaze, where he top scored for that side in 2017-18 with 34 goals and 65 points in 48 games.
Fox was delighted with his first two additions saying “I’m looking forward to having Anthony back next year with a full training camp and him having a good summer of training.
“He is obviously a very dynamic offensive player and has an extra gear when he has the puck. His shot and release are top quality and I hope to get more out of his two-way game next year. He’s still young and his game can develop even more. It should be a big year for him.
“Marco is a high-end goal-scoring winger. He plays with so much pace and flair. He’s really excited to be back in the UK and playing in Orange.
“He’s one of those guys who plays hard, with passion and feeds off the fans. We need guys who can score goals and think this is the first step in the right direction for us”
DeLuca was thrilled to be returning to the Steelers “I loved it here in Sheffield from the moment I arrived” he said. “I felt an immediate reaction and connection”
“The fans were terrific with me, the organisation is first class and there isn’t one bad thing I could say about the team, the club or the City. I’m super excited to be returning”
It may well be Vallerand’s second spell in the Elite League but he says playing in Sheffield, whilst at the Coventry Blaze, excited him. “When I play in that building it reminded me of my junior days playing in front of large crowds. I wasn’t expecting that when I came to the UK” he said.