When Canadian Jeff Legue arrived at Sheffield Steelers in 2007 - to share a playing roster including Ryan Finnerty, Ashley Tait and a young try-out kid called Rob Dowd - he could never have dreamed he’d stay with the team for another six years.
Let alone chalk up 500 points...a feat matched by only four other Elite greats, including Tait.
Legue, now 32, who joined Sheffield from German club EV Landsberg, says the stat “means a good deal to me.” Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, he said: “I have been here for a while, to get an honour like this, I am happy.
“It is a team game, it is a stat but it is something that I am proud of.”
The centreman recalls his first goal in 2007, against Manchester Phoenix, a 2-1 win. “The goalie (Scott Fankhouser) gave it away to me, an empty net” grinned Legue.
The forward and his team now have a rest until they next play, against Edinburgh, a week tomorrow.
That should help injury absentees Dowd, Dustin Kohn (both concussion) and Jason Hewitt (wrist and two broken toes.)
Great Britain Men will play two warm-up games against Netherlands in April ahead of the 2014 World Championship (Division 1B) in Lithuania.
GB will go head-to-head with their World Championship opponents on Saturday 12th April 2014 at Ice Sheffield (7:30pm) and Sunday 13th April at Coventry’s Skydome Arena (5:15pm).
Tickets for these two showpiece matches will go on sale on Wednesday (4th December 2013) at 10am.
There are only two places separating the two sides in the IIHF world ranking with GB in 22nd and Netherlands in 24th, so they are sure to be two fantastic and close-fought encounters.
Great Britain last met the Netherlands in April 2011 and won back-to-back matches. A 5-2 win at the National Ice Centre was followed by 7-2 win in the Hull Arena.
General manager, Andy Buxton, said: “It’s fantastic that the Great Britain team are going to have the chance to play full international fixtures on home ice again.
“We hope that ice hockey fans will take advantage of this chance to see the team in action ahead of the World Championship.
“In international hockey terms, these games have been arranged at quite short notice and we are very pleased that the Netherlands Ice Hockey Federation has also seen this as a valuable part of their tournament preparation.
“There are only two places separating us in the world rankings and we will be facing each other in Lithuania in the Worlds shortly after, so will no doubt be two entertaining and competitive games.
“I’m determined to give the players and coaching staff the best chance to prepare for the World Championship and these games will play a big part in that.”