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THOMPSON LOOKING FOR ‘OFFENSIVE PUNCH’ FROM NEW BOY PITT

Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Sheffield Steelers have signed 26-year-old forward Josh Pitt, with Head Coach Paul Thompson hoping for big things from the Ontario native.

Pitt has scored 49 goals in 113 ECHL games for Kalamazoo Wings during the past two seasons, with Thompson confident there is more to come:

“I think we have signed a player on the up.

“I think Josh played a more defensive role whilst at University, but his two years as a pro have seen him achieve good numbers. I also like the range of goals he scores, and where he scores them from.

“He is a big body who can play both wing or centre; I’ve signed him to play in the middle and add us some offensive punch – we will certainly give him the opportunity to do that.”

Pitt spent four years at Western Michigan University before turning pro in 2016, with his strong play for the Wings also earning him a brief loan spell with the AHL Syracuse Crunch last season.

“I’ve served my time in North America,” said Pitt “now it’s time to spread my wings and come to Europe.

“After University I gave it my best to try and earn that AHL deal but it wasn’t to be. Coming to Sheffield is a fantastic opportunity for me to join a great organisation.

“After speaking with Paul Thompson, I thought Sheffield was the best fit for me on and off the ice. I like the role he has set out for me. I want to contribute offensively and feel I can do that.”