Some people think that the ice hockey player nicknamed “Mad Dog” is, well, slightly bonkers.
Callum Pattison doesn’t play many regular shifts for English Premier League side Sheffield Steeldogs.
But he does like to fight.
And that prompts him to drive from his Newcastle home to join up with his iceSheffield team-mates every weekend.
In a sometimes bizarre video interview playable on thestar.co.uk Pattison, talks about the love of dropping the gloves against players bigger than him.
He is being tutored in the art, by player-coach Andre Payette, who has made a living being an intimidatory force on the ice.
Pattison, who joined from Whitley Warriors last August, said: “I just like to fight really. I try my best, test myself against the bigger lads.”
He said he preferred ice hockey to boxing, as it involved bare knuckles.
And it doesn’t matter if he fights home-grown opponents or imports saying: “They fall all the same.
“I wouldn’t say I was a psychopath I just like a good scrap,” said the 23-year old former Great Britain U19 skater, who works as a plasterer in the north east.
“I love it and Steeldogs are the best,” he said, adding that he loved “the adrenaline, knowing that you are going to have a fight.
“Dropping the gloves and actually getting punched is pretty enjoyable. Somebody trying to knock your head off and you are trying to knock their’s off... it’s good.”
A side-effect of his hobby has been broken hands, fingers and knuckles. And a growing interest in his antics from Steeldogs fans. “Most fans like to see a good scrap. One or two maybe don’t but I’m not bothered,” he said.