Ty Rattie broke through last weekend.
After being part of two runner-up Western Hockey League teams and playing for Canada in the World Junior Tournament (but not winning the tourney), he now owns the WHL playoff goal-scoring record and a WHL title.
"I'm going to remember this whole year, from world juniors to the MCup (Memorial Cup) to that record," says Rattie, who had a hat trick in Game 6 on Sunday as the Portland Winterhawks beat Edmonton 5-1 and claimed the league title.
Next for the Hawks: the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The tournament starts Friday, and Portland meets Halifax at 4 p.m. PT Saturday.
"Obviously, it would cap a perfect year to come back here with an MCup. That'd be awesome," Rattie says.
It'd be quite awesome for Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, too.
Jones won the world juniors with the U.S. team., and he and Rattie have become close friends.
"Hopefully, me and 'Jonesy' can share this championship," Rattie says, of the Memorial Cup. "We knew from Day One we had a chance to be here. Now we have to prove that we belong here."
Playing in the four-team Memorial Cup will be like world juniors, Rattie says, because of the unfamiliarity of opponents, who also include London and the host Saskatoon Blades.
"That's what makes it fun," Rattie says. "You go out there and the best team wins. I know our team is going to succeed. We're an excited group."