Ice Hockey: New Sheffield Steelers player flown in and will meet the team today

Sheffield Steelers will practise for the first time with their new team member today after he was flown in from Finland last night.

Miika Franssila will be officially replacing Joonas Ronnberg. He arrives in perfect timing with Zac Fitzgerald out indefinitely due to a facial injury.

“Miika is excited to be here and looking forward to hooking up with the guys later on” said assistant coach Jerry Andersson.

“We believe that we have signed a very good puck-moving defensemen. A player good in tight situations who also has great speed and a very good shot.”

This follows the unanticipated exit of Brady Ramsay last week. The club confirmed on Tuesday that he would be leaving with “immediate effect.”

Fransilla will play his first game against the Braehead Clan in Glasgow tomorrow. The Steelers go into the match in good form after beating MK Lighting 6-1 on Sunday evening.

He will make his debut on Sheffield ice for the first time on Sunday at the Fly DSA Arena when the Steelers face Belfast Giants.