If Konrad Abeltshauser could, on game night he would make the Metro Centre big enough to hold every diehard Halifax Mooseheads fan.
Especially for Games 1 and 2 of the President Cup final on Friday and Saturday, which were sold out in about 20 minutes on Tuesday.
“When I hear stuff like that I wish the rink was bigger for all those fans that supported us all year,” said Abeltshauser.
As the Mooseheads prepare for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, the Herd’s charismatic blueliner is refusing to be overwhelmed by what’s at stake.
He’s a tad pleased about the prospect of playing in front of a packed house over the weekend, though.
“Sometimes when you’re a little tired and you hear the crowd, it’s just what you need.” said the QMJHL’s humanitarian of the year.
It’s been a pleasant playoff run for the German defenceman, who’s picked up 12 points in as many games.
He admits he’s played with added urgency. But his game day approach remains the same.
“My routine starts at 3 p.m., with my pre game meal. I eat my pasta, have a shower, jump in my suit, drive to the rink, drink a Dr. Pepper, tape my stick and play a little soccer.”
In his last year of junior eligibility and fourth year with the Herd, the San Jose Sharks draft pick took a bit of time to savour the Mooseheads’ semifinal sweep over Rouyn-Noranda.
“It was the first time I ever made a championship in my junior career. It took a few days to sink in.”
As it did for others who have weathered the leaner years with the Herd, including Mooseheads forward Brent Andrews.
“There’s this one song we like to play in the dressing room called ‘Starting From the Bottom, Now We’re Here,’ said Abeltshauser with a smile. “It’s good for Brent and me; we were at the bottom, now we’re here. “