The Manchester Storm announced their seventh signing of the off-season this past week, with the return of Canadian winger Dane Byers coming back to Altrincham for a second season following an impressive first year that saw him becoming a fan-favourite at the ‘Storm Shelter’ last term.
Byers joined the Storm from Kölner Haie of the German DEL last season and in his first season playing in the British league, the 6’3 winger finished seventh overall in the Elite League points scorers as the Nipawin, Saskatchewa native recorded 70 points in 55 games for Manchester, with 107 penalty minutes thrown in for good measure as well.
It was a season that saw the Canadian hitting double figures for the first time in four seasons and was also one goal shy of equalling his career best of 25 goals, with Byers finding the back of the net 24 times in a Storm shirt during their 2017-18 Elite League campaign.
He also recorded a career-best on the assists front, with the forward notching up 46 on the year and was third in the team points scoring charts, with only Matt Beca (75pts) and Mike Hammond (83pts) having posted more. Dane was one of the main players in the Storm side that helped fire the Altrincham based-outfit up towards the top of the table for their highest finish since joining the league back in 2015, and he’ll look to replicate that form again this upcoming season too.
The Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty was clearly delighted to bring back the former 2nd Round draft pick of the New Rangers, as he told the clubs’ website;
“Very excited to get BZ back. He is so valuable to this organisation both off and on ice. We are excited to see what he can do this season after a successful first campaign. He brings so much experience and leadership and I am happy to have a guy like that in my dressing room.”
Byers becomes the latest re-signing from last year’s squad, as he follows forwards Luke Moffatt, Ciaran Long and the defensive unit of Dallas Ehrhardt, Declan Balmer and Linden Springer all putting pen to paper on fresh deals for the new upcoming season, while Felix-Antoine Poulin remains the only new boy to the side in this early part of the Summer.