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Behind the Mask #13 | Matt Ginn: Manchester Storm

After the departure of Mike Clemente in the off season, the Manchester Storm were without a solid shot stopper going into the new season.

It was then that a young Canadian shotstopper from the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL arrived, a legit prospect that was one league away from the show in his time with Providence in the AHL, Ginn has always held a very impressive save percentage in the 90% range.

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Behind the Mask #12 | Jindrich Pacl: Manchester Storm

Jindrich Pacl, more commonly known by the more anglicised Henry, is currently playing for the Manchester Storm. He’s known to a lot of fans in the Elite League as he’s previously played for the Nottingham Panthers, where he had much success as part of the trio of netminders who helped backstop them to the Continental Cup and the Milton Keynes Lightning, where he was brought in as injury cover for their starting netminder Miika Wiikman. While with both teams, he became a fan favourite. He’s a friendly guy and when you get him onto a subject he loves (like MMA for example) he’s more than happy to talk about them.

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Behind the Mask #11 | Travis Fullerton: Guildford Flames

Fullerton in goal for the Dundee Stars (Photo: Dundee Stars)

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.

Fullerton in net for the Guildford Flames. Photo: Hazel Rayson

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.

The Evolution of the Goalie Mask

I have always been drawn to goalies, their helmets and the stories behind them are fascinating and each one is as unique to the person wearing them. They are the only piece of equipment that can be personalised and that makes them interesting, but what is more fascinating still is their evolution from something as simple as leather across the nose and cheeks, as worn by the Montreal Canadiens George Hainsworth, to the full head masks we are used to seeing today.

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Behind the Mask #9 | Caro McPherson

Caro is the wife of Andrew McPherson, a Canadian playing hockey in Germany’s DEL2. She’s been all over the world while her husband has played professionally but that isn’t why I asked to interview her.

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