10 Questions With Rob McGregor

SPORTS reporter GAVIN CANEY continues to discover more about Fenland’s sporting stars. Here, Gavin speaks to ice hockey netminder ROB MCGREGOR, from Wisbech, who plays for Peterborough Islanders.

Name: Rob McGregor

Date-of-birth: 26/10/1983

Occupation: Systems administrator at Fraser Dawbarns Solictiors in Wisbech

Marital status: In a relationship

What persuaded you to get into the sport? When I was 15 I went to watch Peterborough Pirates (now Phantoms) and became a regular spectator. A few years later they held a charity game and I volunteered to go in goal. I enjoyed it and began playing from there.

Who is your sporting idol? I like outspoken sports stars because if everybody was straight-laced sport would become boring. I’m a big fan of the pantomine villain because they keep people entertained and give us something to talk about. Chael Sonnen is a UFC fighter that says what he thinks. My favourite ice hockey players growing up were two netminders called Pasi Raitanen (Peterborough Phantoms) and Patrick Roy, who played in the NHL.

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If you could change anything about your sport what would it be? I’d like to see just one governing body running ice hockey in Britain, much like the FA and the ECB do in football and cricket. I feel British hockey can be a bit disjointed at times because we have Ice Hockey UK and the English Ice Hockey Association. It would be nice if everything could be under one umbrella.

What is your biggest passion away from sport? I spend far too much time playing video games.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When we played Invicta away I went to step out onto the ice and absolutely stacked it. They’re a top team, have good crowds and of all the places to do it, it had to be there. Everybody laughed, I got up and gave a bow, but looking back it was embarrassing.

What item could you not live without? My mobile phone has everything I need. Internet, e-mails, music and I’d be lost without it. It’s keeps me amused for hours on our long away trips.

Where is your dream holiday destination? It would be a dream to visit Canada as it’s a beautiful country and has massive ice hockey links. I went to Japan when I was seven or eight and remember things but I was looking at the country with a child’s eyes. I’d love to go back.

Where was your last holiday? I haven’t been abroad since me and my partner went to Brussels, in Belgium, a few years ago for a weekend. We liked it as it’s not too far away. It’s a nice city and has a really nice laid back European cafe culture.

What is your favourite and least favourite TV programme? My favourite is Spaced with Simon Pegg. I love comedy and am also really into Family Guy, The Simpsons but I do enjoy other programmes such as Band of Brothers which was an amazing series. You can take your pick of any of the soaps for my least favourite. I think they’re tedious and patronising.

What is your current sporting aim? One day I’d like to be the regular number one and replace Simon Wren who is a very experienced netminder. I’m learning a lot from him and hope to follow in his footsteps.