It’s not been a bad week for Elite League Player of the Year Mathieu Roy.
He scored one goal and two assists in the Play Off quarter finals against Fife Flyers to carry his Sheffield Steelers’ team into a very winnable semi-final against Hull Stingrays on Saturday.
The Canadian was the first player this season to be awarded a fresh contract - and for two years too - by the club. And on Monday the Supporters Club made him their player of the year, and other tributes came in via players player of the year and the Kids of Steel player of the year. If he buys a Lottery ticket this week, there’s every chance he’d win a Roll Over.
“It was an incredible year and it isn’t over yet” said Roy, a telling statement for a player who just wants to win it all.
As a forward, he is something of a throw-back. He isn’t the best skater you’ll ever see. But he scores goals and assists, defends, block shots and is the perfect foil for Mike Forney and Colton Fretter. The club really relies on him and - even when he is injured - he repays their faith in him.
Steelers are everybody’s favourite to go through to the final, against Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze and with on-form players like Roy, together with a super-charged second line and a
workaholic third, it seductive to think Sheffield are on their way to a double victory. Coach Gerad Adams won’t see it that way. There’s still a lot of work to be done.
Under the intense pressure and hot lights of Nottingham NIC, with team-less Panthers fans baying against them, nothing is a cert.
But if you twist my arm I am fairly confident that next week in this column I will be using the phrase “double-winners.”