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New Signing McGrath Here to Make an Impact says Thompson.

New Signing McGrath Here to Make an Impact says Thompson.

New Signing McGrath Here to Make an Impact says Thompson.

The Steelers have confirmed the signing of 32 center Evan McGrath from German side EC Kassel Huskies.

McGrath has had an outstanding career playing 284 AHL league and play off games before heading to Europe in 2010 and plying his trade in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

In 2003 he was part of Kitchener Rangers Memorial Cup win. A year later he played for Team Canada in the World U18 Championships and two years after that turned professional joining Grand Rapid Griffins in the American Hockey League.

Spells with Toledo Storm (ECHL) and Syracuse Crunch followed over the next 3 seasons before his first move to Europe in 2010 when joining VIK Vasteras in the Allsvenskan.

A move to IK Oskarshamn followed where McGrath spent the next two seasons before a heading to the SHL with Frolunda.

2014-15 saw Evan split his time between his two former Allsvenskan clubs Vasteras and Oskarshamn before a move to Switzerland came about at the end of the season. 2015-16 was spent with Hockey Thurgau in the NLB before joining Villacher SV in Austria the following year.

Last season was spent with Kassel Huskies where McGrath scored 20 goals and 58 points in DEL2

Head coach Paul Thompson said “It has been a long process to sign Evan but one we stuck with because we believed he was the right player for us, we are delighted to have signed him. Evan has been an impact player everywhere he has played and we expect him to be the same for us.

“We wanted a centre with a high hockey IQ and we believe he is that man. We also needed some experience and you only have to look at Evan’s resume to see that he has plenty of that. With his experience comes knowledge and he still has that hunger and desire to win

“I think he is a fantastic addition to our hockey club, he can play in every situation, put up points and score goals”

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