Jeff Legue’s League-title winning goal put the seal on an incredible, personal season for the Sheffield Steeler.
The centreman quit Steelers in the Summer to sign for EPL Steeldogs on what looked a long term deal.
But he re-joined the Elite side in December, playing mainly on the third line.
His roller-coaster regular season ended on a high, his strike against Cardiff Devils last Saturday won his side the season’s main silverware.
Legue said it felt liek a dream to have scored the title winning goal.
“It was a great way to end the season. I came in half way through, it’s surreal right now.
“I think things happen for a reason and sometimes you make good decisions and bad decisions and I think I made a great decision. It has paid off. It is exactly what I signed back for.
As you get older you don’t get a chance to win very many and the days are marked off but the last game of the season...perfect!
Asked how it compared with his other title wins he said: “This has got to top it off. We have battled so hard in the last two or three months to stay up and stay motivated because Braehead were running away with it.”
Legue said his present role on a strong forechecking line meant he was no longer the team’s ‘go-to guy’ - but fans may disagree, as Sheffield head for this weekend’s back to back Play Off quarter finals against Fife Flyers.
* A hat-trick from Andy Hirst led Sheffield to a winning end to their league campaign; they triumphed at Bracknell Bees, ending eighth in the division.
Coach Andre Payette gave netminder Brad Day, 20, a start and he kept the Bees out in the opening period whilst Hirst (2) and Elliott scored the goals to send them in 3-0 up at the first break.
Steeldogs’ leaky defence conceded six goals on the night. However strikes from Pattison, Wood, Korhon and Hirst’s treble gave Dogs an 8-6 win.
Payette said: “It was a good performance, Andy Hirst led the way with the hat-trick.
It was great to get some of the younger kids some ice time, Cole Shudra got some good ice time, Brad Day started in goal and did well.
“It was great to end the year on a win and now we’re looking forward to the play-offs and having the chance to test ourselves against league winners Telford.
“The guys are starting to get excited and we are looking forward to a big game on Friday night.”