Young netminder Luke Clark has been an eye-catching addition to the team this season. We thought it was about time we found out a little more about him, how he got started in ice hockey and other interesting trivia.
Tell us a little about yourself.
“I’m 19 years old and I am from Peterborough, where I currently work as an electrician.”
Where and when did you start playing?
“I started playing hockey in Peterborough at the age of six. I had always watched hockey for as long as I can remember, so when I was given the chance to try it, I quickly said yes and never looked back.
Were you always a netminder, or did this come later?
“I started as a player, but I wasn’t very good. I was asked if I wanted to have a go in goal for one session and I found myself enjoying this a lot more and being a little better at it.”
Did you have any hockey heroes when you were growing up?
“When growing up watching hockey I always used to watch [Peterborough Phantoms netminders] Stephen Wall and Euan King.
“I was lucky enough to work with Euan when I started playing in goal. We worked once a week for the seasons of my junior career. We also worked together on his Kings Elite hockey camps in the summer. We worked on and off the ice on how to develop as the modern game develops, as well as doing in depth video reviews of my games and training.”
Is there any particular reason you wear jersey #50?
“I used to wear number 20 as my birthday is the 12th of August so 12 + 8 = 20. But in Peterborough 20 was a retired number so I wore 50 as it looks similar and have kept this number since.”
Do you have any superstitions or game day rituals?
“Where do I start? I always follow the same game day routine, starting with taping my stick the same way, followed by the same pattern of putting my kit on. Then there is all my mental game, which I’m sure is very visible for anybody watching.”
Do you have any other sporting interests? Are you a fan of any team or sportsperson?
“I also play inline hockey for the Norton Cyclones in Rotherham. I have represented GB at inline in five different international tournaments.
“Away from the hockey based sports, I follow Peterborough United who have recently been promoted to the Championship.”
What are your favourite TV shows, films, and music?
“I like a vast variety of music but find that the old school bangers are the best. I would have to say my favourite TV show is Friday Night Dinner (I even have a dog called Wilson), with my favourite film being Die Hard.”
What is the best thing you’ve bought this year?
“Best thing this year will have to be a three-way tie between my new car, my helmet wrap or my Huskies coloured chest protector. If I had to pick a favourite though, it will probably be my car. “
Finally, what are your early impressions of playing for Haringey?
“I love it here! The boys, the off-ice team and the fans have been so welcoming here. I’m really enjoying my training and game time here in the Palace and I can’t wait for the rest of the season to hopefully keep the wins and good performances coming.
“I have been surprised about how loud the rink can be at games and the level of support we receive from our fans. It is truly a great experience!”
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