Danny Stewart has an impressive ice hockey CV gleaned from nearly two decades in the world’s fastest team sport.
However, there is a massive gap with one major honour missing, a winners’ medal from the Elite League play-offs.
The forward from Fort McMurray in Alberta has a chance to add that to his extensive collection this weekend when Fife Flyers travel to Nottingham.
Today Scotland’s last hopes, and the winners of more than 60 Scottish and British cups in their history dating back to 1938, square-up to home side Nottingham Panthers who play out of the same rink.
Hopefully, coach Todd Dutiaume’s team will move on to tomorrow’s final at the same arena with either Coventry Blaze, the defending champions, or Cardiff Devils providing the opposition.
It’s a prospect that the 37-year-old would relish but his concentration, and that of Dutiaume, is focused on Nottingham.
Nottingham are also in-form but Stewart is up-beat about Flyers’ chances and said: “We’re playing quality hockey right now and creating chances.
“The guys know that if we stick to the process and game plan for 60 minutes we have every chance.
“We’ve proved we can compete with the big boys this season and we’re in with a quality side on Saturday.”
Stewart added: “Our jobs as coaches are to prepare the players as best we can.
“The guys must make sure they keep their emotions in check and stick to our game plan for 60 minutes.
“After that, it is how the players perform on the night that will determine our success.
“We’ve got a very solid defensive core and our forwards are also better playing both sides of the puck. I think we have more confidence in ourselves than last time we were there.
“Now we have to prove it by winning a hockey game. If we do then we’ll worry about who we play on Sunday.
“Make no mistake, the squad are going there to win, not just to make up the numbers.”