Jason Hewitt has shrugged off the disappointment of being overlooked for the Great Britain squad and has his eyes solely on winning titles for Sheffield Steelers during the crunch time of the season.
GB head coach Pete Russell left the ‘British Bulldog’ out of his first national-team squad ahead of April’s World Championships in Eindhoven.
“It is disappointing” said Hewitt, as he prepares for tonight’s Steeler game at home to Coventry Blaze.
“It’s been an up and down year. It started the way I wanted to then I got injured” he added.
“There are all kinds of things that play into it, but I am focused on what we are doing here and the next four games and then the play offs.
“It is what it is. Congratulations to the guys who made the team and I hope they do well.”
Hewitt was one of the Steeler scorers in the 11-0 rout of Cardiff on Wednesday - a game which will also be remembered for the self-indulgent violence of some Cardiff players in the final session.
Asked about their rivals’ rough play, he said: “You almost don’t want to do that to the team, ( run up a big score) but they kept taking penalties, so our players get going. It’s pride (their reaction) no one wants to get blown out like that. It’s fine.”
Hewitt says the team knows it may have to win all its remaining league matches to lift the title.
“We have got to do that to keep it in our own hands.
“If we have to rely on someone else we are in trouble so we take it game by game, period by period see what happens.”
Hewitt paid particular compliment to team-mate Rod Sarich, who is clearly in Play Off form.
“He was an animal, crushing guys when they came over the blue” he said.
As for tonight’s opponents, who are enjoying a six-game winning streak, the forward said: “Coventry have been a bit of a booby team for us recently, they have worked hard, the new coach whatever he has installed they have definitely followed it. So we have got to be ready.”