Flames draft pick joins Steelers

Canadian forward John Armstrong has signed a two-year contract with Sheffield Steelers.

The 28-year-old was a third round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2006 NHL draft.

Steelers boss Paul Thompson said: “I wanted size in the middle and that is one of the attributes that John brings.

“I wanted a big centre with a big reach – a man who could hold onto the puck and keep it down low.

“John played in Denmark last year with Odense Bulldogs – he had a terrific year. I used my contacts from my time over there and had some great feedback about him as a player and a person.

“I’m keen on bringing people here who will contribute to the group. My feedback on John was excellent on the ice as a player and even better off it. I think he is a good fit for what we need.”

Armstrong added: “I know I’m joining a good team. You look at the roster and it’s deep with talent. I want to win a championship, want to contribute to a league title.

“As a player I take great pride in both ends of the ice, offensively and defensively. I’m strong in the corners, I hold on to the puck and try and create for my teammates.

“I can shoot as well – I have a good shot but through most of my career I have more assists than goals.”

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