Gord Baldwin is hoping Sheffield United physio Paul Teather will help him reach his goal this week - to be fit for this weekend’s hugely-important home games against Belfast Giants and Braehead clan.
The big Sheffield Steelers’ defenceman suffered a pulled muscle which prevented him from icing last weekend.
But if anybody can get him ready for Saturday’s date with the champions, it is physio Paul Teather, he says.
“Paul is one of the best there is” says Baldwin, “we are lucky to have him.
“It is not fun having physio, it’s extremely painful, but if you want to come back strongly you have to push yourself to the limits.”
Baldwin says his entire focus is to get better for the clashes with the Elite divisions two front-runners.
He says both of the rival sides present obvious dangers to the Arena club.
“We haven’t played Braehead Clan yet this season (they are two points ahead at the top of the table) but they have got a good team and seem to have some pretty dynamic players.
“Belfast found ways to win last year and they are doing the same thing now. They have got a good mix of speed, skill and size. They have kept a lot of players from last year and will want to achieve what they did last year.”
Giants top league scorer is Raymond Sawada, who is clearly a good Summer signing.
“I played against him in the AHL” said Baldwin. “He scored a few goals off the bat for Belfast (four goals in four games) and is a big power forward who seems to like to shoot the puck a little bit and skates well.”
That description seems to match the style of the forward Steelers are working on bringing.
The philosophical Baldwin said: “Whether you bring new people in or stay the same, a team never stops evolving.”