For four years Jody Lehman stood guard over Sheffield Steelers’ goal.
Many of the Arena fans loved him: one, perhaps, more than most.
As Brad Day grew up watching the Canadian custodian, the Skellow, Doncaster, youngster vowed one day he would to try and copy his skills.
Lehman left the club in 2009, but Day persevered in goal in Sheffield’s junior programme.
And last weekend, at tender age of 19, Day made his first English Premier League start, for Sheffield Steeldogs.
Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, he said he hoped he could mirror
Lehman’s ‘win at all cost’ mentality.
Day, whose heroes included Shawn Silver and Mike Torchia, normally plays for the over 16 Sheffield Spartans team, but hopes to continue to get chances with Steeldogs and beyond.
“I hope to play highest possible (level) but I’d like to stay in Sheffield and work my way through.”
Steelers play their fifth Challenge Cup game of the season tonight, at Cardiff Devils, before hosting the Welsh tomorrow.
Two wins would Steelers chalk up 400 wins in all Elite games.
Nottingham Panthers are one victory away from the same tally.