Sticking with ice hockey takes Matt to the top in the US

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HERE'S a Sheffield lad that is going places... in every sense.

Former Aston Comprehensive School boy Matt Turner started playing ice hockey when he was just three years old.

Little did he know then that his passion for the game would take him halfway across the world.

By the age of 16 goal minder Matt was so good he was asked to move to Canada to join an ice hockey academy for elite young players.

To fulfil the dream Matt had to bid farewell to his parents Paul - a retired police officer who was instrumental in forming the Sheffield Steelers and who now works for the Manchester Phoenix as equipment manager - and Lynn, a serving police officer. Leaving them in Aston was a wrench - but moving to Okanagan, British Columbia, to attend the Okanagan Hockey Academy, worked out to be a wise move.

Not only did his ice hockey come on leaps and bounds, he also made great progress in his academic studies.

After graduation he was picked up by scouts and chosen to play two years of Junior A ice hockey in Washington DC for the Washington Junior Nationals. He was then recruited by Lebanon Valley College.

Now at the college in the heart of Annville in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, the 21-year-old is also studying a physical therapy doctorate programme.