It sounds like Tom Sestito is ready to take a Euro trip of his own. Today, the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL announced that the Philadelphia Flyers enforcer would be leaving the club Wednesday, and would not return.
The 25 year old Sestito signed with the English hockey team on October 8th, and played in 17 games in the club. He would finish his time in Sheffield with 8 goals, 11 assists, and a team high 69 penalty minutes. As he departs, the Steelers head coach Ryan Finnerty had nothing but nice things to say about him. Quotes from the Steelers press release via their website said this:
Well firstly we are sorry to see Tommy leave us. He made a hell of an impression in such a short period. I think he will be remembered here for a long time by both his team mates and the supporters. Tommy was up front with us all along. He has more than played his part for us and we can’t thank him enough and have nothing but good things to say about the big man.
Sestito took to his Twitter page early Tuesday to thank the the organization, and wished them the best through the rest of their 2012-13 campaign. In 21 games, Sheffield’s 29 points was good for third in the league.
Although he plans to return to the United States, British website The Star reports that Sestito is seeking a contract in the Czech Republic. The highest league in Czech hockey would be the Czech Extraliga, the same league Flyers teammate Wayne Simmonds played in, but left after being subject of racist taunts.
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