NOT a bad start to 2011 for Jason Hewitt. He’s become a Dad and smashed his goals record in what is a career season for the British winger.
Yet Hewitt is grounded enough to know that his personal hockey achievement will be of little value if his Sheffield Steelers team fail to land either the Elite League or the Play Offs...and preferably both.
The 27-year-old Mancunian has scored 13 goals and 27 assists for Sheffield so far this term and has been more effective, generally, than at any other time since he joined the club from London Racers in 2006.
“It’s nice to score 13 and I hope to get many more”” he says. ”I think I’m playing well. It helps playing with good players, mind you. The 27 assists mean that I have good line mates that score a lot of goals.
“Folks talk about me scoring and having a career year but if come the end of the season I haven’t got a winners medal or two in my hands then it won’t matter how many goals I have scored or how many points I have.
“I learned that a few seasons ago when I won for the first time; that league championship taught me that the only thing that matters is winning trophies as a team, I couldn’t care less about personal statistics just winning games and winning trophies.
“That is why tonight’s game against Hull Stingrays (iceSheffield; 7.30pm) is every bit as important as a game against Nottingham Panthers, Cardiff Devils, Coventry Blaze or Belfast Giants. It’s for two points and two points that take us closer to our goal of another championship.
“With Cardiff going down in Coventry last Sunday these run of games coming up take on new importance” said Hewitt.
“Hull are a tough side, they play for each other, they work so hard, they out worked us for two periods last Sunday and almost took the points of us.
“That can’t happen again on Wednesday at Ice Sheffield. We are chasing the Devils and they have a tough game against Nottingham on Wednesday as well.
“Our focus is them and them alone, we will worry about Nottingham and Coventry on Friday and Saturday only when this game is over”
On Friday and Saturday the Steelers are at home against Nottingham and Coventry respectively.
Steelers are operating a special two-game ticket for £20 to attract extra support. Tickets must be bought together from the Arena: 0114 256 5656.