Jeff Legue’s 250th Elite League goal was not just a statistical highlight for the veteran Sheffield Steelers’ forward.
Last weekend’s strike was a symbol of what a re-energised Legue has brought to the club this season.
Legue started last year with Sheffield Steeldogs, before returning to Steelers to play top-flight hockey again. At times, he wasn’t as visible as the player of old - but in this campaign he is ticking all the boxes again.
Legue thinks he may “be a bit quicker with a bit more confidence on the puck” now he has become used again to the faster pace of Elite action - partly helped by the Champions League hockey campaign. But he confesses he wasn’t all that captivated by hitting his 250th goal, against Braehead Clan, last weekend.
“It’s just a number. I like scoring goals but at the end of the day I like winning championships, so it’s any way I can help out” he said. “It is always nice to score goals but championships are what counts.”
The Canadian predicts a difficult night at Belfast Giants, on Saturday.
“It is a tough place to play and they have got great fans and a big crowd” he said. “We have no excuses we just have to come in with the same mentality that we did on day one and get pucks to the net, get some rebounds. An ugly road game is what we need.”
Steelers again come face to face with ex-forward Mike Forney, at Belfast. “He is dangerous on the puck we just have to keep a close eye on him in our end” said Legue.
“And don’t let him wind it up behind the net because he can put it in the back of the net, he showed it last year and is showing it this year. We just have to keep close on him and get some sticks on him whenever we can.”