This morning the Sheffield Steelers announced the first of the replacements set to arrive in the House of Steel after the departures of Matt Climie, Stefan Della Rovere and Justin Buzzeo. The latest arrival is Croatian international, Tom Zanoski as coach Tom Barrasso looks to rebuild this season’s roster for an end of season flourish.
Zanoski, a 34 year old winger, joins the Steelers as a free agent following the collapse of hometown club Medvescak Zagreb; whose financial issues are well known. This being the same EBEL team that Steelers recently re-acquired John Armstrong from so the newcomer will have a familiar face in the locker room when he links up with his new team-mates.
The winger, on paper, looks like a winger who can score as well as assist but I’m sure that coach Barrasso will have a specific role in mind for him. He’s definitely none of the names that many had been speculating the new signing would be. Zanoski, in his career, has spells in the AHL for five different clubs, but moved back to Europe in 2011 with most of them spent with the unfortunate Zagreb outfit.
He also has featured for the Croatian national side and was part of their roster that was in Belfast when Great Britain won promotion to Division 1A; alongside former EIHL players David Brine (Cardiff) and Andy Sertich (Panthers) as well as Borna Rendulic who a short spell in the NHL with Colorado and Vancouver. So there’s a decent CV for the Steelers fans to analyse over. When he takes to the ice for the first time, Zanoski will become the 32nd player to ice and dress for the five-time EIHL Champions this season as they look for the perfect blend.
Zanoski will wear number 84 during his spell this season, and the Steelers plan to have him in the team for their latest crunch games against the Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend.