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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 #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.

Tough Decisions for a Hockey Family

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Tough decision are just that, tough. We had to make a tough decision this year about kid activities. We will only have one hockey player. I can barely type these words without crying. I honestly don’t know who is more upset about it, me or my little goalie that won’t get to play. Probably me.

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Brian Stewart announces his retirement

And just like that another goalie is gone from the EIHL. You might not have been a fan of the Coventry Blaze or the Guildford Flames, but everyone has at some point been entertained by Brian Stewart.

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Jordan Lawday reportedly signs two-way deal with Cardiff Devils

So I might be alone on this one, but one of the players I’ve been trying to keep an eye on this summer to find out where he’s going to sign is 19-year-old goalie Jordan Lawday. Admittedly it may be because I did the commentary for the Cardiff Fire last year that I wanted to see where he ended up.

Now it seems that the GB Under 20’s goalie has signed a two-way deal with the EIHL’s Cardiff Devils and Milton Keynes Thunder of the NIHL South, although no official announcement has been made by either club as of yet.

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Is Cam the Man to back up Crawfish?

By now you should be well aware of the Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper woes from last season. When Corey Crawford was put on IR at Christmas 2017 for the remainder of the season the Blackhawks quickly fell out of playoff contention and into one of their worst seasons in history.

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Fullerton is much more than his EIHL stats suggest!

 

Fans get worried when their team signs a goaltender from another team in the league that ended the season worse than their own. It’s additionally concerning to see that the new signing also played for potentially the worst team in the elite league era… But Travis Fullerton is much more of a goaltender than his EIHL stats suggest.

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