Belfast Giants must keep striding to victory, warns Walser
Derrick Walser has admitted that he is still learning the value of each competition under the Elite League's umbrella.
Winning, however, is all that matters to the Belfast Giants player-coach.
With every available player needed for every game there is no football-style squad rotation in ice hockey anyway and Walser won't let his men take tonight's Challenge Cup battle with Braehead Clan at the Odyssey Arena lightly or focus his own thoughts on tomorrow night's league trip to Coventry Blaze.
"One of the things I have learned already is that this league is much better than it is given credit for," said Walser.
"So far we've had Challenge Cup games and regular season games and some of the higher end clubs aren't so concerned about the Challenge Cup, whereas the teams at the bottom end take it very seriously because it's a competition they could do well in.
"I know that here the league is the biggest thing and it's the one that you want to win and are judged on.
"In some leagues it's about winning the Play-offs and that team is considered the champions.
"I understand that the Challenge Cup is considered the third most important, even though you've to play a lot of games to win it.
"The league is the main competition and that's the one that I want to win.
"That doesn't mean we can take nights off because you play to win in every game."
Walser will be without Chris Higgins this weekend, while Johan Ejdepalm will be out for the next month.