Question Time: Sheffield Steelers’ Matt Stephenson

Sheffield Steelers star: Matt Stephenson.
Sheffield Steelers star: Matt Stephenson.
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MATT Sephenson, aged 28, a Sheffield Steelers defenceman, from Canada, talks to Bob Westerdale in this week’s Question Time.

What have you been doing today?

Today started out with a workout in the morning moving on to training.

After practice, a little seasonal shopping and an evening with my wife and two hooligan children.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My father is my inspiration. He is the hardest working person I have ever met.

He built so much for himself and his family from nothing. He has a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back.

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

Growing up a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Doug Gilmour was by far the man I wanted to emulate. (NHL star with over 1,500 games on his CV.)

Too bad I have nowhere near the skill he did.

What’s your favourite other sport?

My favourite other sport would have to be golf. If I had to do it all over again, that’s the way I would go.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

My Sheffield Steelers team-mate Drew Fata.

When was the last time you cried?

About a week ago, my youngest kicked me in the area where the sun doesn’t shine.

Needless to say it didn’t feel good.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I would say my kids, but they are hooligans.

I’m proud of what I have accomplished to date with hockey.

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

Never look behind you because you will stumble on the next challenge in front of you.

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

I still don’t know what I am good at. I am still looking to identify my best skills and abilities.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My wallet, much like a woman’s purse, it has the essentials.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Before my first child was born, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

To this day she still surprises me.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I try not to doubt myself, it’s difficult at times not to in the profession we are in.

It’s a fish-bowl atmosphere where any mistake you may or may not make is criticised.

It’s the ability to ignore this that I have learned as I have aged.

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

I am a part of the social network scene, I find them to be entertaining.

I never really look into them further than entertainment purposes.

How do you relax away from sport?

Relaxation with children is pretty difficult, but when I do get some free time I try to fish or golf.

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

Parry Sound, Ontario, I go every year.

This is a place where I grew up living and playing on the lake.

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

I can handle myself in the kitchen. But I prefer to BBQ. My go-to meal is a slow cooked rack of ribs on the BBQ, with homemade BBQ sauce.

What was the last book you read?

The Little Red Book of Sales. I’m currently reading The Mysterious Island, loosely based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, by Jules Verne.

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

I would be working a 9am to 5pm job, probably selling something.

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

If you’re looking to waste five minutes of your life that you will never get back, you will have read this.

Favourite TV programme?

Ancient Aliens, (History Channel) it will make you think.