Player of Week 2: Tyson Fawcett
Manchester Storm Forward wins Week 2 award (Photo: Mark Ferris)
Manchester Storm's Tyson Fawcett is our Player of Week 2.
The 26-year-old forward marked his debut in the Elite Ice Hockey League with two goals as the Storm beat Dundee 3-1 in their opening game of the season. Fawcett joined this offseason from Atlanta Gladiators in the ECHL.
"It's always nice to get off to a fast start, and two goals is definitely not a bad way to do it!" said the Canadian. "I was happy to jump straight into the season. In North America we start later, so you're training for what feels like forever. It was nice to come over here, go straight into exhibition games and then get the season going."
He continued: "I didn't know what to expect city-wise, but everything has lived up to what Coach Finnerty said. I'm really enjoying my time here - the fans are great, I have really good teammates, and I love playing for our coach."
Manchester didn't have a great time last season, missing out on the playoffs, but it's not something this year's team are dwelling on. "It's kind of like a fresh start," Fawcett asserted. "We have new guys, new faces, and everyone has moved on from last season. I think we're gelling pretty good, everyone in the room gets on well, so it's going well so far."
Off the ice, Manchester seems like a great place for Fawcett to be - although some aspects of life across the Atlantic less so! "I was a little overwhelmed when I got here, I didn't know where to go or what to go, but I'm loving it now I'm settling in. Driving on the left side of the road is a bit of a challenge, and I really can't do shift-stick driving." he joked. "My room-mate (Cameron) Critchlow takes care of that so far, and he'll have to take me to a car park sometime to teach me how to do it!"