The Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL in the UK have agreed to terms with their 11th import player for the 2013-2014 campaign, signing forward Ryan Galiardi, older brother of Calgary Flames forward TJ Galiardi.
Undrafted in the NHL, Galiardi played NCAA college hockey with the Minnesota State Mavericks in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association where he scored 29 goals and 52 assists for 81 points, and earned 82 penalty minutes in 140 games played. In his first professional season, Galiardi signed a one-year deal with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and was twice briefly loaned to the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Galiardi signed as a free agent to remain in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators on July 18, 2012, but was was traded by Gwinnett, along with Christian Ouellet and Cody Carlson to theSan Francisco Bulls in exchange for Justin Bowers and Sacha Guimond in January 2013. In total, he has played in 120 ECHL and 13 AHL games to date.
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