Danny Meyers Joins the Sheffield Steelers
The Sheffield Steelers have signed former Nottingham Panthers Captain Danny Meyers on a two-year contract.
Meyers has just returned from representing GB at the World Championships in Slovenia where he was voted GB's best defence-man. Prior to that Meyers captained the Nottingham Panthers to back to back challenge cup and play off doubles culminating with the Panthers play off success in March when beating the Cardiff Devils.
In a 6 year career in Nottingham Danny Meyers made over 300 appearances for the Panthers scoring 93 points.
"This is a huge signing for the Steelers" said coach Ryan Finnerty. "When the summer started we didn't think we had a chance of bringing Danny here but things change and we moved quickly to secure what I believe is the best British D man in the Elite League. Signing Danny makes us better in many areas, we are firstly just better, we are deeper and we will run 6 quality D men next season, we are more experienced and we have more leadership.
"I first spoke with Danny early last summer but we were unable to move him out of Nottingham, with things taking a change of direction there this summer we took our opportunity. Danny is a strong and positive personality, he will fit in very well with the Steelers and the players in the room, many of whom he knows from International Duty. He is a character player and a character person, we aren't frightened of those in Sheffield, in fact we embrace them.
"Danny is coming here to win a league championship, we know a few things about doing that here and hope to teach him our ways. On the flip side it would be nice if he could remind us how to win a Challenge Cup as it has been far too long since we won one of those"
Meyers joined the Panthers back in 2006 when he left the Bracknell Bees to join his former coach Mike Ellis in Nottingham. In his first season with the Panthers they went all the way to win the Play Off Championship, something he repeated as Captain in his two final years in Lower Parliament Street. In 1998 Danny first represented his Country with the GB under 18's and went to play for both the Under 20's and full senior team in later years. In Slovenia last month Meyers collected his 40th GB cap in the victory over Hungary.
Meyers joins a long list of Nottingham Panthers players that have made the short journey to Sheffield and gone on to win the ultimate prize in the British game, the league championship. Former coach Mike Blaisdell, Rick Brebant, Brent Bobyck, Jeff Sebastian and Steve Carpenter join present day Steeler Geoff Woolhouse and now Meyers him self .
"There are a lot of strange emotions running through me right now" said Meyers "Its funny I always thought that maybe one day I would play in Sheffield but obviously not under the circumstances of the past week. I think everyone knows I was settled and happy in Nottingham and was a committed Panther. Things change though and I can assure all Steelers fans from this moment forward I am as committed and determined for them and their club as I was for Nottingham
"I'm excited by the change, excited by the challenge and excited by the team that Ryan Finnerty is putting together. As a player and a person I have always given 100% to everything that I have done, anyone who knows me and has worked with me in Nottingham can vouch for that. Though I haven't pulled the shirt on yet and skated on the arena ice as a Steeler, I am a Steeler. I know so many of the players there and respect them, I have played with many on GB duty and know the Steelers British lads are a tight knit group. I know I will fit in both on and off the ice and together we can all enjoy great success.
"I was keen to sign a two-year contract, I wanted to show everyone at the Steelers - owner, coaches, team mates and fans - that I am committed to my new club and wish to make this a long term experience for my family and me. I believe this is a great time to be joining the Steelers, everything I see and hear is positive about the club. There are great times ahead I know.
"I'm sure the Panthers fans won't be too happy to see their former Captain move to Sheffield but this was really the only move for me. Geographically it works for my family and I but most importantly I am coming to a great organisation with great coaches and players, a club that knows how to win and has a tradition of delivering the top prize. I won't lie, I had hoped to Captain a Nottingham side to that league title that has eluded the Panthers for so long. That won't happen now. Im equally as determined to win one of those championships with the Steelers and can't wait to start training camp in August"
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