Sheffield Steelers sign Tulsa Oilers forward Ryan Menei

Ryan Menei

Sheffield Steelers have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old Tulsa Oilers forward Ryan Menei.

The Canadian has also played for the Mississippi Sea Wolves, alongside former Steeler Colt King at Rapid City, and for SG Cortina in Italy.

Head coach Doug Christiansen said: "There is no question that Ryan is an elite offensive player."

Menei told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Coming to England wasn't part of my plans, but Doug sold me on Sheffield."

He continued: "I want to win championships and that's an expectation in Sheffield."

Menei, who will make his Steelers home debut on Sunday, 8 September against the Nottingham Panthers, led the Oilers in scoring last season with 34 goals and 82 points.

Christiansen said: "What really pushed me to offer Ryan a contract was the reviews people gave him, his former coaches and team-mates raved about his attitude and skillset.

"Ryan will be a player who puts up numbers for us but I am not signing him to carry the load, I merely expect him to be one of a number of very good players who can help lead us on any given night."