He is a relatively small player in stature - but he’s played in the biggest league in the world.
While 5ft 10ins forward Mike Duco’s opportunities on the NHL scene were limited - no goals and two assists in 18 games - he should make a big impact on the Elite League, with Sheffield Steelers.
That’s the view of his former roster-mate at Florida Panthers and Rochester Americans, Tyler Plante, who has also joined Paul Thompson’s side this Summer.
Goaltender Plante is an admirer of Duco’s tenacious style but feels that the 28-year-old left wing can also find the net with some regularity at Sheffield Arena. He says: “Ducs will bring a lot of energy to this club. He is a fiery competitor and runs around 100mph out there and is not afraid to mix it up.
“Although he is an energy player he also contributes offensively. One year at Rochester, he led our team in goals (20+11 in 67 games in 2010-11.) I look forward to playing with him again.”
Duco also had ice time at Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12, where he earned a reported salary of $550K. There, he was briefly enmeshed in something of a controversy - he’d rather rashly tweeted some criticism of Canucks players and his remarks were rehashed all over the Vancouver Sun after signing for them. But that’s all in the past as he starts a new career in the UK.