Dan Teat had a point to prove heading into this National Lacrosse League season.
It seems his message is getting across.
Yesterday, the Edmonton Rush forward was named the league's player of the week, following a 12-point performance on the weekend in a loss to Portland and a victory over Colorado.
"I'm really happy for Dan," said Rush head coach and general manager Bob Hamley.
"There were some question marks about bringing Dan in, but he's been exactly what we wanted in our dressing room.
"He's a quality individual. He's a better person than he is a lacrosse player --and he's a very good lacrosse player.
"He's everything that we've expected and asked for, so we're happy for him."
Teat, 37, was acquired by the Rush in a trade with the Buffalo Bandits last season.
He currently leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and 11 assists in four games this year.
The Toronto native is also currently third in league scoring.
"It is a big honour and it's looked upon as an award that any guy can get any given week," Teat said.
"We had some guys that had a great week and Ryan Benesch probably deserves it just as much as I do.
"But I think we'd trade the award for wins any time."
Tonight, the Rush host Teat's former team at Rexall Place (7 p.m.).
The Bandits are the defending league champions and are off to a 4-0 start this season.
"You kind of look at this game as a measuring stick," Teat said.
"To be the best, you have to beat the best. They're the defending champs and they're still the best team in the league.
"I think they're going to be in a fight for 60 minutes and we'll see where we stand after that."