Flyers' Tom Sestito signed by... the Steelers?

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Sestito played 14 games for the Flyers last season, racking up 83 penalty minutes as one of the team's enforcers.

Flyers forward Tom Sestito has signed with the Steelers, but he won't be heading across Pennsylvania. Instead, he's headed across the Atlantic Ocean to play for the Sheffield Steelers during the NHL lockout.

Sestito joins the list of younger players who have decided to play overseas. Younger players are likely to be more in need of the experience and the paycheck.

Sestito played 14 games for the Flyers last season, racking up 83 penalty minutes as one of the team's enforcers.

The Sheffield Steelers are currently 6-3-0-1 in the UK's Elite Ice Hockey League.

The young forward told the Chesterfield Post,

"I'm looking forward to it...Initially I didn't know what I was going to do whilst the lock out was on. I had some options when my agent presented the interest from Sheffield. I knew one of my old room mates from my first NHL camp was playing in England. I looked up the league and saw that Steven Goretzen was playing in Sheffield. That certainly helped me make my decision.

"I'm looking to come to Sheffield and contribute. I know I can score goals. The big ice in Europe I think will help my game. I play a hard nosed style, I play hard and finish my checks, but there is a lot more to me than running guys over. I can score goals too."

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