Belfast Giants star Brock McBride is rockin' scoring charts
Published 08/10/2011 | 00:00
Brock McBride has already sent shockwaves through many defencemen this season.
Now the Belfast Giants leading goalscorer is sending out a chilling message to the rest of the Elite League.
Already top of the table and with just one point dropped so far this season - in a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of the Sheffield Steelers - McBride believes that the Giants are about to become an even better team.
It's not a blind belief from the 24-year-old. He's seen evidence of how much quality there is on Doug Christiansen's roster and also the depth of talent that has been confined to the stands in the first six weeks of the season.
The kind of talent that will be a massive boost to the team when those particular players - Nick Kuiper, Jeremy Rebek and Jon Pelle - return to the ice.
"I don't think anyone has seen the full potential of this team," said McBride.
"We've had three key players out of the line-up over the last couple of weeks, real high end guys who will be big players for us this season.
"We've kept winning throughout that and when we get everyone back I think we'll be a real force."
Kuiper will be back in the team for this weekend's games, away to the Hull Stingrays tonight before tomorrow evening's visit to Coventry Blaze.
Pelle has been skating with his team-mates for the last couple of weeks and although he's not quite ready to play yet, his competitive debut has been pencilled in for Friday, October 21 at home to the Dundee Stars. Rebek's return is still some way off.
Although he's only been here a few weeks McBride has already become familiar with a few local traditions. The team paid a visit to the Giants Causeway as well as the Bushmills Distillery on a trip to the north coast.
He and his team-mates have also learned quite quickly that there is a high level of expectation in Belfast, which means the fans are looking for trophies, particularly after last season came to nothing, despite three pieces of silverware being in sight of the team with less than a month of the campaign to go.
"I didn't really know anything about the expectations of the fans before I got here, but it wasn't long before I found out," said McBride.
"The goal is to win all the championships every year and Doug made that very clear to us all.
"I definitely think that we've got the team to do it and we're ready for every challenge that comes our way this season.
"Here it's different to north America where the Play-offs are the most important time of the season. Here every game has weight and you have to treat it like the Play-offs.
"I think this team has a bit of everything. We have goalscorers, guys who can make good plays and on any successful team you need a lot of elements.
"We're on a great run at the minute. We've won every game since losing the shoot-out against Sheffield and that's been really good for confidence.
"We're riding the wave right now and we want to keep the performance level high.
"Everything is going well. We're in first place and that's where we want to be."
McBride's blistering start to the season might have caught Elite League defences by surprise, but not coach Christiansen.
And his early goalscoring exploits mean the Canadian centreman is simply living up to his own expectations.
"My goal when I came here was to top the league in scoring. I set the bar pretty high for myself," said McBride.
"Firstly I want to help the team win and if I'm doing that then individual success often follows.
"I can't do it on my own though, I have to thank my line-mates for the help they've given me so far."