The wait is over as the Sheffield Steelers are delighted to confirm the signing of netminder and former Florida Panthers draft pick, Tyler Plante.
The 6’3 goalie was a standout in junior hockey with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings winning the Rookie of the Year trophy in 2004/05 before turning professional in 2007 with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Following a call up to the NHL and spells playing in the AHL and ECHL, Plante made a move to Europe during the 2011/12 season signing in Sweden before going on to win a championship in Italy with Asiago in 2013. For the past two seasons he has played in Norway for Lørenskog posting an impressive save percentage of over 91% in consecutive seasons leading his team to the postseason playoffs.
“I’ve waited to find the right guy for this most important of positions and I’m delighted that Tyler has joined us,” said Head Coach Paul Thompson.
“I’ve perhaps worked harder on this position than any other and have considered several goalies for the job before deciding that this was our guy.
“I wanted size, experience and someone that I felt could steal games for us. I like a big goalie who has a large presence. I have done my due diligence and spoken with many of our current squad who have played with or against Tyler and the universal message was ‘go get him’.
“We have signed another guy with experience of playing in the top leagues in North America and a player who was rated highly in Sweden and Norway. Importantly, we have also signed a goalie that has won before leading Asiago to a playoff championship in Italy. Tyler has the resume of a goalie who should be backstopping the Sheffield Steelers. This feels like the right fit for both he and the club.”
Tyler himself is no stranger to Sheffield or the Arena after watching his Father, Cam Plante play for the Peterborough Pirates against the Steelers back in the 1990’s.
“I know it sounds crazy but I am a Sheffield Steelers fan. I remember going to watch my Dad play in Sheffield for the Pirates. I was just in awe of the Steelers. Star-struck I guess. The big arena, the flashing lights and the rock tunes, it was nothing like Peterborough that’s for sure. I thought the Steelers were in the show (NHL) and I guess from then on I’ve always followed them and so when Paul Thompson got in touch there was an immediate interest. Then my former roommate and a great guy, Mike Duco signed in Sheffield we started talking about being on the same team and from then on it was easy to say yes.
The Steelers are a legendary side in the UK and proven winners. I want to play for a team that has a chance to win. I want to hang a banner. At this point in my career that’s important.
“I’ve enjoyed my time playing in Europe, in Italy, Sweden and for the last two years in Norway. Now it’s the UK. Another challenge and one I look forward to.”