The best team lost EIHL mini-series, says Sheffield Steelers defenceman
Jérémy Beaudry has a simple philosophy when it comes to winning and losing ice hockey games.
It's not always the best players and team that wins a trophy, it's the roster that finds the magical ingredient on the right day at the right time.
Beaudry was one of the Sheffield Steelers skaters that failed to beat Nottingham Panthers over two games in the 2021 EIHL Finals.
Steelers had powered eight goals past them in one of the matches in the regular section of the tournament.
But that mattered for nothing later down the line.
Referring to the final weekend, he said: "That was not the end we were hoping for. I think we had the best team of the tournament. But in the end, it’s not the best team that wins, it’s the team that plays better.
"I think we made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have made, mixed with some bad bounces that were killing our momentum when we were coming back.
"We have to give credit to the Panthers for the way they played in the playoffs. They deserved it more" said the Canadian.
"But it’s really disappointing and frustrating right now going home with empty hands."
Beaudry was impressed by Aaron Fox's roster.
"Obviously, we had a really talented team. From our Brits to our imports, from our older guys to our younger guys.
"We had depth at many positions, and everyone was contributing."
The defenceman added: "We were lucky to stay in Sheffield and have the chance to walk around a little bit and visit the city.
I think it made our experience more enjoyable for sure.
"The competition was good, too. I think the quality of hockey got better and better, the more we played, and I hope the fans enjoyed it until the end.
"I think the professionalism of our organisation is what stands out for me.
"I knew the Steelers was a good organisation but being a part of it really made me realise how great they take care of their players."
Beaudry was satisfied by his overall performances on the ice pad at Nottingham.
"I think I had to adjust a little bit at the beginning but after a few games I got my rhythm going.
"Obviously, with the team we had, when we played our system, everyone was able to perform well, so that helped me for sure."