The Calder Cup Finals didn't start off well for Dauphin's Myles Fee and the Charlotte Checkers. But it's not about how you start, it’s how you finish and it was a dream ending for the Dauphinte and the rest of the Checkers.
The Chicago Wolves took game one of the league final in overtime, 4-3 in Charlotte. That's when the Checkers turned it up a notch and they ended up tying the series with a 5-3 home win in game two.
After the first two games in Charlotte, the best-of-seven series switched to Chicago for the next three games.
It's not often a road team will win three straight in their opponent's barn, but that's exactly what Charlotte did. They tallied 14 goals in Chicago and 19 total in the final four games of the series to win it in just five games.
The last time the league final took less than six games to complete was back in 2016 when the Lake Erie Monsters dispatched of the Hershey Bears in four games.
Zach Nastasiuk scored the game-sealer with 16 seconds left into an empty net. That's when it finally started to sink in that Myles was going to win his first professional title.
"The word finally kept flashing through my head. It was relief and joy," said Fee. "It's been 15 years and half of those years we weren't even close to making the playoffs. The ability to have a title that no one can ever take away is quite joyful. I was able to find my wife and got her out on the ice and she never stopped smiling, it was incredible. I'll never forget it."
With another off-season now underway, Fee has already spent several seasons with an NHL team, and he's hoping he can make a return to the best league in the world in the near future. He does, after all, have an AHL title on his resume which will be a big part of his pitch to the big league bosses.
"I've worked with some of the best young players on the development side and that's really allowed me to learn a lot over the years," added Fee.
With the NHL season set to wrap up tonight, Myles also shares his pick for the winner take all.
"I still have to go with St. Louis," added Fee. "Quite honestly I think it's a flip of the coin, but the Cinderella story with St. Louis from going last to first, it would be pretty cool."