15/04/2024

Tommy Steven in action for the Sydney Bears in the AIHL. (Photo: Peter Podlaha Photography; Design: Madeline Irwin)

It has been a breakout season for Tommy Steven in the Australian Ice Hockey League, the Sydney Bears forward has scored in all 10 games and sits sixth on the league leaders table with 22 points (13 goals, nine assists).

In only his fourth season in the AIHL, Steven has already bested his offensive production which was previously set in 2019 with 19 points from 19 games played, highlighting his improvement.

Establishing himself as one of the most productive forwards in the league, Steven has been able to produce clutch plays down the stretch when the Bears have needed it most. And while personal accolades for Steven are great recognition, there is only one thing on the 24-year-old’s mind – lifting the Goodall Cup at the end of the season.

“To win a Goodall Cup, nothing more, nothing less, it’s just simple,” Steven told the Net, Sticks, and Chill Podcast.

A career that has seen Steven play across North America with teams that included the Bellingham Blazers and Kalaska Rhinos, Europe also came calling with Steven spending two seasons in Sweden with GSK Hockey and Kungälvs IK.

Looking to pinpoint one factor which has resulted in Steven having a career season in the AIHL, it’s as straightforward as more experience and gaining valuable ice time, something which has been catalyst for the Bears forward who is now enjoying the rewards on the ice.

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“I do think it is just being another year wiser,” continued Steven.

“I think it’s a combination of things, you know, we are winning, hockey is a lot more fun when you are winning. Everyone on the team is putting 100 per cent in, and when that happens it just makes everything more worth it, more fun, more fun to be at the rink.

“And that translates to life’s [being] a bit better than normal, so it’s a great feeling.”

To listen to the rest of Episode 32 of the Net, Sticks, and Chill Podcast click here.

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