Sheffield Steelers: Q and A with coach Doug

Sheffield Steelers Coach Doug Christiansen
Sheffield Steelers Coach Doug Christiansen
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Doug Christiansen head coach of Sheffield Steelers and the GB national team answers our questions.

What have you been doing today?

I flew back to the UK from Chicago. I spent most of the day catching up on sleep from my overnight flight. I suspect tonight will be a busy evening.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My parents have been my inspiration. They have taught me so much about hard work and how to treat people. I have been very blessed to have such wonderful role models.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I was a massive Eric Lindros fan. He was big, tough and had a great scoring touch. He was ahead of his time regarding concussions.

He received a lot a grief from throughout the hockey community for his concussions.

He has been vindicated now that the NHL has taken them so seriously.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

David Simms would like to think he is but, probably, Bruce Boudreau.

When was the last time you cried?

In the last month.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of how my family makes an effort to stay in touch and see each other.

We are scattered thoroughout the world, yet we make an effort to see one another and speak regularly.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

“If you are not willing to tell the world that you did it, do not do it.”

And: “Don’t talk with your mouth full.”

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I am still waiting for my Eureka moment.

What’s the one item you take with you wherever you go?

Food.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

In the few moments before an on-ice fight, your nerves are at an all-time high. I cannot remember moments that were more full of fear that that.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Yes. I believe that is normal. However, I believe that the preparation and effort I have put in have led me to make the right decision and set the right course.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I like Facebook. I used it to maintain personal relationships and to recruit. However, I keep it personal. Twitter should have an IQ test.

It gives people a voice at moments when they should be thinking, not speaking.”

How do you relax away from sport ?

I like to travel, fish or be with my friends and family.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I just got back from Peru. It was an amazing experience. Machu Picchu is an incredible place and hiking Waynapicchu was the highlight.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite? if not who provides that favourite meal?

I cook poorly. However, if I was left alone, I would not starve.

What was the last book you read?

I read Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln in the last month.

They are great historical books about two men who died far too early yet left a lasting impression on the world.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would most likely be a lawyer and an agent.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we are interested enough to interview you?

I suspect it is because I am the Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations for the Sheffield Steelers and I was hired to help bring a title back to Sheffield.

I suspect it is because I do not let people into my private life either.

Your favourite television programme?

I have a few: Seinfeld, Homeland, Family Guy, NHL Tonight, Pardon the Interruption and Family Guy.