TYLOR Michel puts his impact-form for Sheffield Steelers down to...his wife!
The Canadian winger was something of a hell-raiser on ice at other clubs - he took 138 penalty minutes at Cardiff Devils two seasons ago.
But so far its points rather than penalty minutes he has provided, for Sheffield.
He’s served just 18 minutes in the sin bin in 24 games, while his 23 points makes him third top scorer. The forward explained: “In Cardiff, I got involved in more scrums and yelled more at the refs - I was more of a ‘rat,’ so to speak. But this year, I just wanted to bring that same work ethic but stay out of the ‘garbage.’
“Sometimes you get a little too hot-headed and it effects both the team and my game. I think I have matured - I got married in the summer! (to Alex.)
“But I am just trying to stay off the refs, I don’t need 10 minute misconducts because that is not helping anyone.”
The fans have certainly warmed to the 28-year-old, who joined Sheffield from Swedish side Björklöven. “I’m enjoying it,” he said.
“I like to play 110 per cent and my line is clicking right now. We are working hard as a unit and it feels good to play good hockey.”
Michel will be on the flank tonight at Braehead Clan, as Steelers try to improve on the form that has seen them struggle to wins over Dundee and Fife and lose at Nottingham.
Clan have hovered mid-table in the overall Elite division and have not fulfilled the expectations some fans had.
Michel said: “At the start of the year I thought they’d be up there and I still don’t think any team can count them out.
“Jade Galbraith is always a threat. He may not be the prettiest to watch but he makes things happen.
“He has a high level of hockey IQ, makes good passes, he’s always Johnny on the spot, right there to get the goals. We need to shut him down and couple of their other snipers.”