In just his second game of his young Ontario Hockey League career, Liam Kirk registered his first goal in a big win for the Peterborough Petes, making it two points in two games for the former Sheffield Steelers forward.
After starting the game on the Petes second line in their 4 – 0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, where Kirk made his OHL debut and capped it off with an assist, Kirk was on the teams third line alongside Cameron Butler and Brady Hinz to start Sunday’s game.
Kirk clearly was growing in confidence as the game went on, after starting a bit more defensively in the opening frame, he wasn’t shy to skate through centre ice and mix it up on offense, grabbing his first goal of his OHL career in the second period, and almost adding another in the same period only to see his effort sail just wide of the net, with the young Brit impressing early on in his career with the Peterborough Petes.
Travis Fullerton is a bit of a veteran in the Elite League. This summer he moved to Guildford after a couple of seasons in Scotland.
I recently caught up with Travis, ahead of the new season to ask him some questions and get to know him more off the ice.
What was your first memory of ice hockey? My first ice hockey memory would be playing pond hockey with my older brothers probably around age 3 or so.
How did you come to the decision to play goalie? I always liked the position at a young age. I played a lot of street hockey goalie and then I sort of stuck with it at 8 years old. I enjoyed the feeling of making saves.
When not on the ice, what do you enjoy doing? Golfing, sightseeing, playing tennis, video games. I’m usually either seeking a delicious coffee or a well poured Guinness.
A year ago, you ran a competition for Stars fans to design your mask. What made you pick the final design? Will you be doing something similar again for Flames Fans? I enjoyed that process last year with the mask design. It was fun seeing the interesting designs people came up with. This year I gave the artist free reign to do what he wanted. I kind of wanted to trust him, and make the best design he can.
How do you pass your time on road trips? Same as most guys just kind of relax, watch movies, play cards. Anything to pass the time.
Do you have any pregame rituals or routines? I’m not superstitious really but I guess everyone has their routines. I tape my stick, stretch and warm up and then have a coffee. I like to keep it simple and save my energy for the game.
What was it about the UK that drew you to the league? And kept you here for so many seasons. I love it over here. I enjoy the culture, being able to travel and explore new places as well. Obviously, it’s great to be able to prolong my career and play in some amazing cities. I feel privileged to play in Guildford this year. Being an avid golfer makes the UK a premier spot as well.
If you were stuck on a desert island with…. One team mate (past or present) , one item and one food stuff…. Who and what would they be? Corbin Baldwin is a massive unit so I’d probably take him on that island with me. I have no idea what I would bring. Thankfully this situation is wildly unrealistic.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? Gaslight anthem, Thrice, The national. Any of those 3.
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? I bought a ukulele a couple years ago which I love to play. I’m interested in music and trying to learn to play instruments.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? I’m a big Roger Federer fan. Tiger woods as well. I could probably ramble on about those two guys for a while but I doubt anyone would listen to me for 40 minutes.
If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? God these are hard. I really have no idea…
What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Skinny jeans… Rap music
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? Visit Amsterdam. I hope I get a chance to go soon!
What are some things you’ve had to unlearn? Sleeping in. I used to be bad for that and very unproductive because of it. I get up early now.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? Become a goalie!
What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate? You’d have to ask my roommates Waller and Carrozzi. But I think I’m pretty clean, easy to live with.
What could you do with two million pounds to impact the most amount of people? I would set up a foundation for underprivileged kids to make sure they get a chance to play sports. It can be very expensive and many kids don’t get that chance.
What are three interesting facts about you? I almost quit hockey at the age of 13. I’m the youngest of 6. Used to play guitar in a punk rock band in high school.
Thank you Travis for taking the time to answer our somewhat strange questions! Now if you have any coffee recommendations in the Dundee or Guildford area, let me know! A girl could always do with a good coffee on an away trip.
With two wins from their first six games, the new look Sheffield Steelers are struggling to find their cohesion. Matt and Ryan Rupert have been let go as Head Coach/General Manager Paul Thompson tries to find that consistency. He’s also split the fanbase with an ever increasing majority getting fed up with him, but there are still some who think he needs time to turn the Steelers fortunes around. Here are my thoughts, and they are mine alone.
Welcome to the start of a new feature that we are going to keep going between us all. We’re going to look at some EIHL Stars of the Past, those players who made quite an impact on us during their time on these shores. To make it even more interesting, some of the names might never have played for the team we individually support.
A year ago you could be fooled into thinking team mascots in the Elite Ice Hockey League had seen their day. With the possible exception of Clangus, Glasgow Clan’s enigmatic, and bizarrely athletic, bovine, mascot popularity seemed pretty low. From a Nottingham perspective, Paws would wander from block to block on game night, racing up the steps to get in some dance moves before the next play began, then trudge back down again five seconds later. There didn’t seem to be much motivation to engage with the crowd, who barely seemed interested in their giant headed club representatives.
Welcome back to your game previews. Just a couple of games to keep us going before the next weekend of action. There’s one game tomorrow night, Tuesday, and one more on the Wednesday. Both games look interesting encounters, so let’s look ahead to them right now.
Welcome to my review of this weekend’s Sheffield Steelers games. The weekend saw the Steelers host Manchester Storm on the Saturday in Challenge Cup action, then make the trip down to Surrey and the Spectrum to face the Guildford Flames in Elite League action. Could they build on back to back to wins against Milton Keynes and Fife? Here’s my analysis..