Are You Not Entertained?

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Big moments deserve some big theatrics.

Conner Chaulk has scored some timely goals to lead the Hitmen to victory recently.

The 20-year-old has scored the game-winning goal in the last two home tilts and  celebrated them both in memorable fashion.

From the Tiger Williams celebration when he scored the overtime winner against the Prince Albert Raiders on Jan. 21, to a salute to the crowd and a bow and arrow celebration on Sunday against Medicine Hat, they’ve been pretty special to see.

“It’s awesome getting those game-winners and it seems like the puck is finding me late in the game to score at those moments,” Chaulk said. “It’s funny because the Tiger Williams one we were talking about before the game and it just happened to work out. It’s all in fun and those goals have been at big moments that make it more exciting.”

“You’ll have to wait and see what I have in store for the next couple.”

The Regina native has been on a hot-streak of late, surpassing his career high in goals with 13, scoring five goals in his past five games.

The stretch came after he missed a few games due to injury.

“I was itching to be out there with my teammates again,” he said. “Watching games from up top in the press box isn’t any fun. You can grab the odd thing from up there to help your game once you get back, but I was so just so excited to be out on the ice again.

“It’s all about going out there and having fun.”

In addition to his offensive explosion, he has also taken it upon himself to be a key leader in the dressing room, sharing advice and helping the younger players in any way he can.

“Everyone goes through slumps, it’s just part of hockey,” he said. “You see guys in the pros go through them so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

“I’ll give out advice to the younger guys to not get down on themselves when they go through it.”

“Every team in the league has a leadership group and the other veterans here do a great job in providing that help when needed to the younger guys.”

With the Hitmen in the midst of a season-high seven-game homestand, the focus remains to take it one game at a time, but the forward admits that he has his eyes sight on Feb. 27 for the TELUS BE BRAVE Anti-Bullying Game when his old team comes to town.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Chaulk said. “I have a lot of buddies on that team and it should be a full barn which makes it even better.”

“It’s always nice to go out there and stick it to the old team.”

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