By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
The Dundas Real McCoys will offer a recently retired NHL defenceman a spot on their roster this season.
Hamilton native Steve Staios, 39, announced his retirement in July after 18 seasons playing for Boston, Vancouver, Atlanta, Edmonton, Calgary and New York. Staios grew up in Hamilton’s west end, attending Dalewood and Westdale schools before moving to Niagara Falls to play in the OHL. Staios skated in practice with the McCoys when NHL players were locked out in 2004-05. He played 1001 NHL games.
Staios has accepted a management position with the Toronto Maple Leafs – and Real McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson said anything is possible.
“We’re going to give him the opportunity to say no,” Robertson said.
Staios played the bulk of his career – eight seasons – with the Edmonton Oilers, a team Robertson has long connections with. Staios was part of the 2006 Oilers who made an unexpected run to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final.
The McCoys play their first home game of the 2012-13 season on October 27. The Allen Cup Hockey League will see a few changes this year, with Norwood taking a one season leave of absence, and a team from Welland joining the league.
Robertson said there was interest in joining the league from Cambridge and Windsor, but neither bid could provide venues that met the league’s requirements.