Cranbrook native Jace Coyle hammered out a successful first campaign in Great Britain this past season, helping the Sheffield Steelers collect a second consecutive Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) title.
Coyle, 25, registered 10 goals and 34 points in 64 regular season games with the Steelers, who went on to defeat the Fife Flyers by a 3-1 margin March 20 to claim the league crown.
The 6-foot, 179-pound defenceman spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League, split between the Spokane Chiefs (2007-08) and Medicine Hat Tigers (2008-09 to 2010-11), after an 89-game KIJHL career that took him from the Fernie Ghostriders to Revelstoke Grizzlies (2006-07 to 2007-08).
Coyle amassed 25 goals and 107 points over the course of his 241-game WHL career.
After graduating from the junior ranks, Coyle inked an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, suiting up in 61 American Hockey League games and 113 ECHL games before taking his game to Europe.
The 2014-15 season saw Coyle suit up for the Aalbourg Pirates of the Metal Ligaen — the premier league in Danish ice hockey.