2020/2021 Season, Entertainment, Interview, Life, Off-Ice

Getting to Know… Coach Saunders

This past Monday we announced the first signing of the upcoming 2020/2021 season was our Head Coach, Mark Saunders. Over the course of the off-season we will not only be hearing the thoughts of the signings as they are announced, we will also be sitting down and getting to know them a little better before the puck drops for the new season.


Name: Mark Saunders

Age: 34

Position: Head Coach

What got you into hockey: Hitting a tennis ball round the garden with a broken fence panel at 13 years old. Parents got me roller skates and a Franklin roller hockey stick and the rest is history!

What age did you start playing: 15

NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Hockey hero: Can’t name just one, there’s been a few!

Favourite UK rink: Belfast Arena or Nottingham Arena

Hidden talent/hockey party trick: I’m told I’m a pretty good dancer which throw’s some people off!

Superstitions: Now coaching, it’s a black coffee whilst warm up goes on, I always carry two markers in my pockets all the time!

Favourite actor: Will Ferrell/Adam Sandler, two seriously funny guys

Favourite band: I’m and RnB/Hip Hop guy so I can’t name a band, but I’ll pretty much listen to anything in those genre’s

Most memorable hockey moment to date: Winning is always special – National junior championships in 2014-15 with Guildford at U16, Gold medal in Tuurku with England U13 last season, winning the league with Slough a few years ago with a great team; those are three big memories that stick out.

Your most embarrassing moment: Falling over on clear ice walking round to the bench in Bracknell last season, slipped and wiped out completely! I was soaked the whole game!!! It was pretty bad

Favourite dressing room prank: Those can never be told!!!

What do you do away from the rink: Golf, anything and everything with my two boys – they keep us busy!

Three things you would take with you on a desert island: My other half, my boys, my french bulldog!

Best thing about hockey: Everything the game can give – the ups and downs, the winning, the losing (even though I hate losing!) it’s a roller coaster and nothing else gives what this game can!

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