The latest piece of the Sheffield Steelers team jigsaw was locked into place this morning when they announced the signing of 32 year old Canadian forward Jordan Owens.
The Toronto native becomes yet another import new face, only defenceman Mark Matheson remains from last season’s quota, and fills another spot in the forward lines. However, where he will play in that remains to be seen as he is capable of playing centre or either wing. Talk about being versatile. A very useful acquisition on paper.
Owens possesses a great deal of experience which the Club will prove invaluable as they bid to get back amongst the honours after last season’s trophy-less campaign. 300 plus games in the AHL with Hartford, Grand Rapids, Hamilton and Connecticut plus over 150 in the German DEL and DEL2 with Fischtown Pinguine; where the Steelers signed him from. He also has a link with the Steelers as he played with Ben O’Connor during their junior days in Mississuga, and Owens admits that he spoke with the GB internationalist to get an insight of the Steelers club as an organisation before agreeing a deal with Steelers GM/Head Coach Paul Thompson. He will also link up with a familiar face in fellow Steelers new boy Evan McGrath who was a team-mate at Grand Rapids Griffins in 2009-10.
Thompson is very pleased of course with his new signing:
“We are delighted to get Jordan on board, I wish all signings were as quick and as easy as this one….I think we have signed a super skating and hard working forward who will play in our top six…I believe we have signed a very good player here.”
Owens is not afraid if required to drop the gloves as well score goals and create chances for others. I’ve seen this first hand when he took on Belfast Giants defenceman Jim Vandermeer in a pre-season game a couple of years, sadly for Jordan – big Jim won that bout pretty convincingly but at least he had the willingness to take on someone who had a bit of advantage height and size wise on him. Definitely a bit of team player.
He will wear shirt number 23 during his time here, a number previously worn by Danny Meyers, Ryan Finnerty, Jamie Van Der Horst and Les Millie beforehand. So on behalf of the Steelers fanbase, I will close with the customary message (abridged of course): “Welcome to Sheffield Jordan.”