28-year-old defenseman James Bettauer is Aaron Fox’s latest arrival a she looks to re-build the Sheffield Steelers.
Burnaby, British Columbia, Bettauer has spent the last seven seasons in the DEL with spells in Hamburg, Augsburg, Straubing and Krefeld giving him 333 regular season games and 106 points in total. The two-way defenseman spent three years with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders before heading to Europe.
“James is coming in on a two-year MBA package at The University of Sheffield,” confirmed Head Coach Fox. “We can’t thank the Management School at the University enough for their assistance in helping us attract James and bring him to the Steelers. He’s a solid 2 way Dman who has consistently been a PP and PK guy at the DEL level and can play in all situations. He skates well and is willing to mix it up physically when needed. We want to be a team that has active, aggressive defense in all three zones and he’s a guy who will get us stops in the D-zone, but also likes to join the rush, and likes to push the pace. I’m Really looking forward to having him here for two years, and really like the way our defense situation is looking.”
“It was time for a change and a new challenge,” said Bettauer on leaving Germany. “When the opportunity of playing in the UK arose and with it been coupled with the fantastic opportunity to study for an MBA then I realised this was the move for me. I was lucky that I had several options but after speaking with Aaron and looking into the schooling at the University of Sheffield I decided the Steelers was the team I should be joining. I’m looking forward to my time in Sheffield, the more I look into it and research it the more I feel it’s the right thing to do. As players and people, you look for new challenges. Whilst the education is important for life after hockey, especially as I have just started my own business, I am super committed to the game and the Steelers.”