Belfast Giant Adam Keefe kicks off grand slam hunt by targeting Edinburgh Capitals
Adam Keefe is hungry for victory over the Edinburgh Capitals in the Challenge Cup at the SSE Arena this evening (7pm) because he has unfinished business with the competition.
The Belfast Giants captain wants to erase the memories of three final defeats in the space of four years - all of them against the Nottingham Panthers
He also has his eyes on monopolising the trophies this season, which means aiming for back-to-back wins against the Capitals this weekend, with tonight's Challenge Cup group game followed by an Elite League bout tomorrow night.
"I want to put our Challenge Cup record right," said Keefe.
"It's a trophy and you always want to put a trophy in your arena.
"It's a competition that, because it goes on throughout the season at random times, can get overlooked, but we want to get ourselves set up in the round-robin stages so that we are in a good place when the knockout rounds come.
"Our goal every season is to win everything on offer. It might be a high goal, but the grand slam is something I want to achieve."
Keefe has been handed a player-coach role this season, which he explains means just a little more off-ice responsibility and he is happy with the early form that has brought about three wins from four games - including two from two in the league.
"In the first couple of games we felt alright, but we struggled to put everything together.
"We wanted to put things right so we had a tough week in practice last week, broke down the systems and things worked a lot better last weekend with two wins."