Steelers Blue Line Addition: Jonas Liwing
Steelers summer rebuilding continues with confirmation from head coach and GM Aaron Fox that he has signed experienced and influential defenseman Jonas Liwing to an initial one year contract.
Liwing boasts 313 SHL games with an additional 426 games in the Allsvenskan spanning over a 17 year professional career. The 36 year old skilled defenseman also played 100 league and play off games in the German DEL as well as having spells in France and Austria.
“Jonas is a veteran Defenseman that brings a ton of experience and offensive ability to us” said Fox on announcing Liwing’s arrival in Sheffield.
“He has been a top Dman at every level he has played and Is coming off great back 2 back seasons in the Allsvenskan where he finished Top 5 in Dman scoring.
“He really excels on the PP and makes good decisions in all 3 Zones. I’m Looking forward to having another high character veteran in the locker-room that’s here for the right reasons”
Liwing was an exceptional junior player coming out of the impressive AIK club in Sweden, he represented his Country at under, 17, 18 and 19 level before turning professional in 2002.
“I was ready for a new challenge after the last two years in Sweden” said Jonas, just hours after signing his contract in Sheffield “It’s time for a new experience
“I spoke with Jared Hagos and Jonas Westerling (both former Steelers) and they told me Sheffield was the place to play, the Arena, organisation and especially the fans. I also spoke with Andreas Jamtin and Conny Stromberg who also played with the Steelers. So then Aaron and I spoke and agreed a deal. I think it’s a great fit for me and I’m confident a great fit for the Steelers too.
“When I spoke with Aaron I told him I wanted to come to a place where we could win and he assured me that this is what he was building a team to do”
Liwing believes he is a “team first” player “yes, that’s how I would describe my self, it’s team first with me.
“I’d like to think I make smart plays, I use my brain. I like to play the puck, jump in the play when I can and where it is possible
“I’m excited to be a Steeler, excited to arrive in Sheffield and meet the new team”