Marc was a product of the excellent Nottingham Junior Hockey system, starting with the Tiger Cubs at just 7 years of age, Marc progressed through the Nottingham junior ranks and was called up into the senior squad, the Panthers, at age 15.
Marc reveals how Nottingham Panthers famous legends, Fred Perlini and Jimmy Keyes christened him “Smurf” – a nickname that has stuck with him ever since.
He also talks of his mentor Paul Adey, the experience of playing in the ‘Old Barn’, the Ice Stadium on Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham and of the quality British guys that were in abundance in every team ‘back in the day’.
He also tells of the ‘Crazy Guy” in the dressing room.
We talk about fighting within the game and the tough guys that graced the SuperLeague.
The interview just couldn’t be complete without talking about the rivalry between UK Hockey’s biggest rivals, the Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers.
Marc also shares the highs of playing for his country and the lows of being released by his home town club.
I caught up with Marc one afternoon whilst in his local Costa Coffee store (hence the occasional back ground noise).