Sheffield Steelers’ new forward ‘can do a bit of everything’

Josh Pitt
Josh Pitt

Swashbuckling new forward Josh Pitt says he will bring a wide variety of skills to Sheffield Steelers next season.

The 6ft 1ins Canadian is versatile and intends to put his talents to good use in the Elite League.

“I can do a bit of everything” he told The Star.

“I can score with a shot or by getting to the dirty areas. I can make plays for others.

“I can play power play and penalty kill. I take pride in being strong in face offs, and I can throw the body around as well.

“Fighting isn’t something that I go out and look for, but if a team mate is getting jumped or is in trouble, then I will definitely get in there to help. I’ve had two fights in the last two years, and fighting isn’t exactly something I’d put on my resume under skills, but I will help out my guys.”

The 26-year-old comes to the UK from Kalamazoo Wings where he notched 57 points in 64 games, and was top scorer.

“I had quite a few goals on the power play, it was hot for a while and I was more or less the shooter on the one unit, so I was able to get some good looks through that” he said.

“About halfway through the year, after juggling lines for a while, I was put with a couple guys and we had a lot of chemistry together, which worked out well for all three of us.

“We were our most productive line by a decent margin for the last half or so of the year.”

Pitt, from Eastern Ontario, has only a cursory knowledge of the rivalry he is about to see when Steelers play Nottingham Panthers.

“I haven’t heard too many details, just that they’re some of the only fully sold-out games of the year, which is usually indication enough right there.

“I’ve played in rivalries like that before, isn’t too hard to get up for those ones.

“Usually finishing all your checks and whatnot gets the crowd going and fired up.”

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