Rob tells of life as an ice hockey net minder

By ADAM LAZZARI IT is estimated that top ice hockey players can smash a puck at 90 miles per hour. The thought of getting in the way of a puck flying at that speed would make most people s blood run cold. But it s not a concern for 26-year-old net minder

By ADAM LAZZARI

IT is estimated that top ice hockey players can smash a puck at 90 miles per hour.

The thought of getting in the way of a puck flying at that speed would make most people's blood run cold.

But it's not a concern for 26-year-old net minder Rob McGregor who recently signed for English National League Southern Section Division One side Peterborough Islanders.


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McGregor, from Wisbech, said: "When I'm playing, I'm focused on what's going on around me and I'm not even thinking about it.

"The shot comes in and I do everything I can to stop it.

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"The biggest challenge has been the skating. It's a lot different when you're out there in your kit chasing a puck to messing about on skates with your mates."

McGregor has played 10 games for the Islanders this season when on loan from Peterborough Eagles, but recently made the move permanent.

The Islanders play in the third tier of English hockey.

McGregor was on the bench for Saturday's 6-1 defeat to Milton Keynes Thunder.

He said: "We're having a tough season in a very competitive league but it's a good experience for me.

"My long term aim is to be the number one net minder for Peterborough Islanders. You have to aim high to achieve high.

"The current number one, Simon Wrenn, has lots of experience and he helps me a lot in training. The under-18s net minder, Ryan Bainborough is very talented and there is a good healthy rivalry between the three of us."

He added: "I used to always go and watch the Islanders with my family. I played my first game eight years ago. It was a charity match where fans could join in. I've not looked back since.

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