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Scottish starlet sign for Steeldogs

The Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs are excited to announce the signing of a new name, one of the most promising young talents in the country.

Reece Cochrane is a defenceman born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He worked his way up through the Fife/Kirkcaldy system and despite only turning 18 in March this year, he has already made over 60 appearances in the Elite League.

He was a regular for Scotland in Conference tournaments and has been part of the Scotland under 19s who have played against England for the past three seasons. From GB under 16s he moved on to the under 18s and this year the under 20s as well. That GB experience has seen Reece play alongside notable Sheffield names including Liam Kirk, Alex Graham, Kieran Brown and Jordan Griffin.

Steeldogs co-owner Ali Cree explained how this signing matches the club’s philosophy; 
“Giving young players a chance to develop has always been central to our ambitions with the Steeldogs and whilst we love seeing local talent, we have always been open to creating opportunities to players from across the country.

“Reece was someone we’d been aware of for a while and we found his attitude and ambitions matched well with ours. He’s clearly got great ability and his repeated selections for Scotland plus representing GB three times in the past 18 months, show he’s got huge potential.

“We’d love it if Reece were still a Dog in 5 years time but we would be equally happy if we can help him secure an Elite League place eventually. We’ve seen the likes of Liam Kirk and Duncan Speirs getting those moves in recent years, so with hard work and application, it’s possible for Reece too.”

Steeldogs Coach Ben Morgan described how Reece became a Steeldog;
“Ali has spoken to a few people north of the border, keeping an eye on British talent that we weren’t getting to see through our own games. Reece was on our radar and when we heard he was interested in moving to England, we got in touch. We knew he wanted to get into our league to develop and increase his ice time and opportunities, hopefully looking to move to the Elite League when he’s ready.

“He is still developing his game, his play and his style. He has fantastic promise having played for both GB under 18s and under 20s this year. I watched him in the recent Scotland v England match and he was one of the stand out players in that game.

“I see Reece as very much an aggressive D man who plays hard and skates extremely well. He doesn’t mind getting into the gritty areas, which not many people like to do and he will probably want to jump up into the offensive side of play. Most importantly he’s a guy who will battle hard and work hard in front of the net, doing all that you need from your defensive players.

“Reece is a left-handed D man which allows us to strike more of a balance on the back end. He will be competing for that 4th D man spot and there’s some real competition for places. We are hoping that he will benefit from working with the experienced guys in defence.

“He is a great fit for us, really laid back and easy going but different to Duncan Speirs! He knows some of the guys already so he will fit in easily and feel at home here, which will help him on the ice.”

We’ll bring you Reece’s thoughts on his big move tomorrow.

A big Steeldogs welcome to Reece!

Reece will wear the #16 jersey for the Dogs and we are grateful to EDSB Fire & Security who will be his player sponsors. We thank them for their continued support.

Reece will join up with Tim Smith, Lewis Bell, Ben Morgan, Tom Barry, Ashley Calvert, James Spurr, Charlie Thompson, Nathan Salem, Cam Brownley, Jack Brammer, Curtis Warburton, Zack Brown and Dmitri Zimozdra in the 2019/20 Steeldogs squad – with yet more signings coming soon.

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