Leavitt wants to sign off with play-off trophy

Braehead Clan forward Alex Leavitt says he would love to sign off with the Elite League play-off trophy in the bag.

The 33-year-old is in his final month as a professional ice hockey player after announcing on Monday he will retire at the end of the season.

He admits it was a decision that was in his mind as he returned to Glasgow for his second season this year.

“I’d been thinking about for a while and I spoke to ‘Finner’ (Ryan Finnerty) about it a couple of months ago about my decision,” said Leavitt.

“Coming into the year my wife and I were kind of pretty certain this would be my last season, but it never hit until me until a couple of months ago that I was going to do it.

“There had been a couple of rumours, so I wanted to get out there and confirm what was happening with me.

“It’s just five more games of the regular season and I’m hoping for four more in the play-offs and a trophy. That would be a great way to sign off.”

Leavitt is eagerly anticipating Saturday’s visit by Sheffield Steelers, believing it’s a challenge his team needs.

He added: “I think the Sheffield game on Saturday is going to be the hardest game we’ve faced in a long time – I imagine they’ll come at us pretty hard.

“They’ll want to finish as high as they can in that table and first place might be a little bit beyond them, but second place is a possibility for them.

“It’s going to be a tough game and one we probably need right now. We’ve been on a little bit of a funk since winning the Conference so we need a big game against a big team to bring us out of it.”

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