Shields puts Belfast Giants success before his own personal milestone
COLIN Shields is on the verge of hitting a special personal milestone, but all his focus is on team success.
The Glasgow-born Belfast Giants forward needs just four more points – goals or assists – to become only the sixth player in Elite League history to pass the 500 mark.
All that he is interested in, however, is securing two wins over the Nottingham Panthers this weekend, which would take Paul Adey's (pictured) team to at least the brink of winning the title.
"At the start of the season the target for everyone was to win the league and we are almost there," said Shields.
"If you can get some personal recognition at any stage it's good and it'll be an honour when I get there, but team glory comes first.
"I'm fortunate that I have played with some very good players who have either provided me with chances to score or put away the goals that I have created for them."
And Shields, who won the league with the Giants in 2006, but was playing in France when the title last came to the Odyssey two years ago, has admitted that his thoughts have turned to winning it again this time around.
"It's hard not to when we are so close, but we really only look at one or two games at a time – the next weekend and at the minute we're only thinking about the two games in Nottingham," he said.
"We all know that three wins, six points, will give it to us and it might be less if other results go our way.
"It's eight years since I last won the league here and I was a young pro then.
"I didn't think it would take this long to win it again, so it will be special and it is something that I am going to savour because you never know when it could be the last time."