Keeper DeCaro rejoins Steelers

John Decaro
John Decaro

The Sheffield Steelers have confirmed the re-signing of goalie John DeCaro for the 2012-13 Elite League season.

DeCaro faced over 1700 shots in his first season in Sheffield ending with a saves percentage of over 92% and a goals against average of 2.56.

At the end of the season DeCaro confirmed he would be leaving the club and moving to Norway however he recently contacted club coach Ryan Finnerty and asked if he could return.

“It was a very welcome and unexpected call” said Finnerty. “I never wanted to lose Johnny as I thought he was one of the guys we could build around. Johnny explained that he had made a rash move accepting the Norwegian offer and when he had returned home to Alaska he realised that he had just seen the dollar signs and acted in haste.

“It took a big man to make that call to me and later to our owners. I think he felt that we would say no to him because he had walked away from us. I don’t hold grudges though, especially if I think they make our hockey club better and having DeCaro back does make us better.

“Johnny is a well respected member of the team, well liked in the room and a leader. I know some fans think he is too laid back but that’s just the image he gives out. Inside he is a fierce competitor who wants to win and will help lead this team through. I am convinced having Johnny back is the right decision and that he will back stop us to success this season.

“When Johnny made the call I knew the answer I wanted to give him, which was a big yes, “come home”. I took my time though, took opinions from the team and double checked other available goalies.

“Johnny has a proven track record, he has won before and I think coming back he will answer his critics and deliver the goods for us.

“I have no doubt that this is the right decision for the Steelers, for me as the coach and for Johnny. He knows what is expected, he knows we are building a bigger and better team for another run at the league title. He is up for the challenge and has proved by taking a huge salary cut from his deal in Norway that he wants to be a Steeler.’’