Roughnecks netminder dresses for success

WES GILBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Steve Dietrich isn't one of those guys that spends much time stressing about what to throw in his suitcase for a road trip.

For the Calgary Roughnecks netminder, a self-described "creature of habit," it's the same stuff every time.

"There's not a lot of thought process when I'm packing, there's no doubt about that," Dietrich said. "I have a set routine as for wearing the same clothes, wearing the same stuff on a weekend, dressing the same way and all that stuff.

"The superstitions, do they work? I don't know. If I wore different clothes, would it change the outcome of how I play? Who knows? But I've done it since I was a young kid, so it's something you grab and you stay with it."

For the Kitchener, Ont., native, that means -- among other things -- showing up to Friday practice in a Toronto Maple Leafs pullover. It's not a popular outfit, but the way things have been going, Dietrich could probably arrive in Edmonton Oilers garb and still be a hit in Calgary.

Since the veteran goalie returned from a concussion, the Roughnecks have rattled off four straight victories.

If they beat the Portland LumberJax, who pay a visit to the Saddledome Saturday night for the National Lacrosse League's West Division final (7:30 p.m.), they'll be packing their bags for Buffalo or New York City for the Champion's Cup.

Dietrich, known in lacrosse circles as 'Chugger', was tending the twine for the Buffalo Bandits when the Roughnecks won the only championship in franchise history on their home turf in 2004. He's excited to have the 'Dome faithful on his side this time around.

"It's by far the loudest arena that I've ever played in, when it was full," he said. "I can pretty much tune out the crowd, but that night was real difficult because of how loud they were and how intense they were.

"As a team that's going against Calgary, you couldn't communicate and when you're not used to playing against that, it's real difficult."


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