Brad Day would be happy to put his fledgling career in the spotlight again this coming weekend - but just as happy to see first-choice goalie Tyler Plante resume the starting role at Sheffield Steelers.
The 21-year-old Yorkshireman came on to back-stop Steelers to a one-goal win over high-riding Cardiff Devils last Sunday after a recurring foot injury to American Plante flared up.
It was the finest career moment so far for a player who had grown up as a Steeler fan admiring the talents of players like present team-mates Rod Sarich, Jason
Hewitt and Jonathan Phillips.
“I first started hockey watching these guys and to be playing for them is a dream come true” he said. “It is good to be playing with them now.
“I grew up with Ben Bowns (Cardiff’s Rotherham born goalie) he has always been a mentor to me, all through the juniors.
“He has brought me on a real lot, so he is someone I do look up to, being one of only one two British goalies in the league, so it (being a starting goalie) is something I would be very interested in.”
While Day wants to continue to elevate up the ranking system in British professional ice hockey, he doesn’t want to springboard over Plante, merely because his pal’s injury situation.
“He is a top-class goalie and gives us a chance to win every night” said the former young England stopper.
“I will be glad when he is a back, I take my chance when I get it, but that’s his job. I hope he gets back soon.”
Day, who promises to keep his feet on the ground during his continuing development, admits the champions have to find consistency.
“We’ve have had a few injuries recently so once we get a full team back I think we’ll make a good run for it.”
Great Britain Under-18 Women’s team will play an international tournament at iceSheffield this weekend.
*GB will face Hungary on Friday (7:45pm), Spain on Saturday at 1:15pm and Poland on Sunday (1pm) in the four-team tournament.
Coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “Everyone is looking forward to this tournament and it will be an excellent few days for the squad.
“We have some new players to the squad and it will be excellent for them to get international match experience.”
Coach, Michelle Smith, added: “With the Under-18s going to their World Championship in January, this is good preparation.
“We are developing a great young squad of British players and this will help us see the girls in action and in situations that only games can throw upon you.”