Hockey players grow up wanting their name on the Stanley Cup.
Regina Pats captain Sam Steel is no exception when it comes to that, but he would also love nothing more to get his hands on the Memorial Cup May 27 with his name and the ones of his teammates engraved on the trophy.
“It would be unbelievable!” Steel proclaimed. “It’s the peak of junior hockey and not many get to have their name on that trophy. Me and the guys are dialled in right now and focussed on doing whatever it takes to win
It would be a fitting way to end Steel’s junior career as this will likely be his final games in a Pats uniform as it is expected he will be playing next season for either the Anaheim Ducks or their AHL affiliate in San Diego. Before he starts reminiscing about his years with the Pats, he wants to focus on the next 10 days.
“Right now, I’m just focussed on helping our team win the Memorial Cup. This is the biggest hockey I’ve played in a Pats uniform so I don’t want to get caught up in thinking about the past.” Steel said. “There’s a lot of time moving forward to think about what has happened here.”
Steel also wonders what it will be like when his team hits the ice Friday night at 8 against the Hamilton Bulldogs as it is expected the Brandt Centre will erupt as Pats fans salute their hometown favourites who haven’t played at home since the end of March.
“I hope it can be louder in here than it was for Game 1 of the WHL final last year.” Steel said. “It was pretty special for that one, so if they can top that it would be pretty impressive.”