Max Lacroix - the man who stepped into Jeff Legue’s shoes - says last weekend’s Play Off final win was dedicated to the injured ace.
The import knows what it’s like to be out of action; he missed a huge chunk of the season himself. But he returned and took Legue’s role when Legue broke his jaw at Coventry in the quarter final.
Lacroix said: “It is a cliché but we wanted to do it for him. He has been part of this team for seven years, the leader. We were happy for him, we owe him.”
Lacroix missed 30 games himself with injury so it was a tremendous relief for him to end the campaign on a high.
“We’ave been through so much this year, everybody deserves it so much, I am proud for everyone” he said on video at thestar.co.uk
“We have been battling for nine months so it is fantastic. We had a tough season, but we ended up with a big trophy. It saves the year.”
Lacroix has yet to discuss where his future lies - Steelers need to sort out their coaching position first. The club wants Gerad Adams, but he has spoken of “factors” he needs to address. Some fear he wants to re-establish his Cardiff connection as Devils prepare for a new rink, in a year’s time.