The Stanley Cup final begins tonight in Pittsburgh, and a Peace Region hockey product will be front and centre in that battle.
Sexsmith’s Carter Rowney is making his finals debut with the Penguins, who are looking for their second straight Stanley Cup title.
The former Grande Prairie Storm star has three points in 14 playoff games.
“I think every game my confidence is growing and I’m finding a good roll to help contribute with this team, and getting some chemistry with my line mates and I think each game I’ve kind of built my game a little bit and improved.”
He says tonight, they just have to worry about themselves and play their game.
“They’re going to come out hungry and they’ve got a solid (defence) and a lot of depth in their organization, so I think just to be aware of who you’re on the ice with. Their defence like to move the puck fast and jump into the rush and create a lot of offence.”
Rowney says the playoff run has been a surreal experience, adding he is feeling more comfortable being a part of the team with each passing day.
“To have the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup is pretty exciting…and I’m still trying to take every moment in as I can and enjoy it, and prepare myself to be able to play at my best (Monday).”
Game 1 is 6 p.m. Alberta time.
Carter talks with Jeff Henson about tonight’s game/series:
(Photo courtesy @carterrowney Twitter)