Steelers summer signing spree continues with the addition of 32 year old winger Jordan Owens.
Owens spent the last three years in the DEL with Fischtown Pinguins after a 363 AHL career in Hartford, Grand Rapids and Connecticut.
Head coach Paul Thompson said “we are delighted to get Jordan on board, I wish all the signings were as quick and easy as this one was. We touched based and spoke on the phone about what the club was about and how important the league was.
“Jordan had heard how the league had grown over the last few years and was excited to join us
“I think we have signed a super skating and hard working forward who will play on our top six. He hunts pucks down and that’s where he creates his offence from. Away from the puck I think we have another intelligent player. He is a 30 point DEL guy who will play in pretty much every situation for us.
“He has great experience at the AHL level before coming to Europe, the last few years he has spent in the DEL. My contacts told me he has a great winning attitude and brings it every day whether to practice or a game. Those are just the kind of players we want to bring in this year. People grow off people like Jordon.
“I’ve watched a lot of tape of Jordan and you end up enjoying what your seeing because he does the right things everywhere.
“Jordan can play in all three forward positions so we are spoilt for choice, at the moment however we have him pencilled in on one of the wings. I believe we have signed a very good player here”
Owens explained how a long time friendship help the move come about “I used to play with Ben O’Connor in our junior days in Mississauga and we have stayed in touch” he said “I reached out to him as many players do in the summer when guys are looking for a new place to play. 10 minutes later I’m on the phone with the coach Paul Thompson. Paul sent me photo’s, video’s and a link to a great club recruitment web site that my wife and I found very useful. I haven’t seen anything like that before – it wasn’t long before we had a deal that was good for both sides”
Jordan describes himself as “an energy guy” who can play in all positions “I think I’m an energy player, I like to skate and most of all I love to compete. Every game is a one on one battle and I like to win those. I play hard, I have a good battle level I think.
“I can play in all situations, I can chip in offensively, play on the PP and kill penalties. Anything that helps the team win I’m prepared to do”
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Saturday 11th (and Sunday 12th) August Vs. Leksands
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