Sheffield Steelers have confirmed the signing of Finnish defencemen Joonas Ronnberg from Norwegian side Storhamer on an initial one-year contract.
Ronnberg has previously played in the Finnish Liiga, the SHL and the DEL, also helping Leksands IF achieve promotion from the Allsvenskan to the SHL in 2012/13.
“Joonas ticks all the box’s for the kind of defencemen I am looking for” Steelers head coach Paul Thompson said. “We needed to get bigger at the back and with Mark Matheson and Joonas joining us we have done just that.
“He is big and strong and loves to stop people from playing. I think we have a guy who enjoys shutting down other top players. He plays with an edge and has done so at the very top level of European hockey.
“He made a massive difference to the Storhamer side last year when he joined an 8th place team, he led them to 3rd in the standings. I spoke with fellow players and coaches of that side who were really impressed with him.
“I think he is a great fit for us”
34-year-old Ronnberg also expressed his delight at his new opportunity in the EIHL:
“It’s a new chapter in my hockey life and one I can’t wait to start. As a player I am a defensive minded defencemen. I like to stop other teams scoring, that’s my job and that’s what I have done wherever I have played.
“The Elite League is being talked about a lot more and I know many players who have experienced England and spoke well of their time there.”