Aaron Fox has added Canadian defenceman Aaron Brocklehurst to complete the Sheffield Steelers defensive line-up for the 2019/20 campaign.
It has been a long wait for the experienced blue-liner and Fox was delighted to complete the deal.
“I’m Really happy we could finally get this done. This one obviously tested my patience but at the end of the day he was someone I felt brings a lot to the table and was willing to wait on” Fox said.
Brocklehurst studied at St Cloud University and played for four years in their NCAA hockey programme. Turning professional in 2008, Brocklehurst joined Florida Everblades in the ECHL and split his time between them, Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) and the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL.
Gwinnett and Reading (ECHL) were the destinations the following season before the lure of Europe came calling. First up was the Finnish Elite League with a two year spell in Lukko and then Pelicans.
In 2012 a move to Germany and Wolfsburg, which was the start of a three-year stint in the DEL with Ingolstadt being his later destination.
For the last four seasons Aaron has played in the EBEL, first with Fehervar and then with Vienna, where he helped the Capitals to a play-off championship in 2017. Last year saw Aaron move to Linz where in 58 games he registered 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points.
“Aaron is a very skilled two-way defenseman that skates really well and plays the game the right way. He seems to let the game come to him always making good smart decisions and can also play against other team’s top players.
“He led his team in playoff scoring for a Dman the year they won the Championship in Vienna and think his character will be a huge positive to our Room.”
“With this signing, I think we have 6 defencemen that can match up against any other 6 in this league. We will try a few different Combinations in practice but think this will allow us to keep Benny and Davey together to start the year as well and we can give Ben some matchups where he can play the style of game which suits him.”
Steelers exhibition games commence on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August against HK Poprad at ICE Sheffield. All tickets are priced at just £10 each.
The following Saturday, the 24th August the Steelers play their first game at the Fly DSA (Sheffield) Arena against MAC Budapest with all tickets priced at just £5.