Veteran forward joins the Steelers

Jonas Westerling has joined Sheffield Steelers from Swedish side Södertälje.

The 35-year-old forward has enjoyed an impressive career in his homeland, racking up over 650 games in the Allsvenskan. Steelers’ boss Paul Thompson coached against Westerling during the 2013/14 season.

“He is very comfortable on the puck and has an incredible skill set,” said Thompson.

“I’d like to think that Jonas will elevate our powerplay which again is something I wish to do.

“He is a crafty player. He makes smart plays and has a great shot. I also like that he isn’t afraid to go into the hard areas.

“We also have flexibility with him being as happy in the middle or on the wing. Again that gives me options which is something every head coach likes.

“I think a little like Freddie Vestberg, he has had an outstanding career over in the Allsvenskan where he played 655 games scoring 99 goals and 374 points and now wants to try something new and different.

“He is very hungry for success, which is always important to me when recruiting new players.”

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