A schoolboy whose first taste of ice hockey was when he watched Sheffield Steelers as a three-year-old has been selected to play for England.
Alex Graham has been selected for England Under-13 in the International Pee Wee Tournament, in Quebec, in February. And at 11, the Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield pupil will be the youngest in the squad.
Forward Alex plays for Bradford Bulldogs but also enjoyed success with Sheffield junior clubs Samurai and Lasers and has won many medals and trophies over the years.
Alex and his parents were away training with the England squad in Slough last weekend and Dad Alan, whp played ice hockey as a boy while growin g up in Scotland said: “Ever since we took Alex to see the Steelers play when he was three, he’s been involved in the sport. He’s set himself targets and gone on to make them. He’s done extremely well and we’re very proud of him.”
Forward Alex said the sport is a major part of his life: “I’d rather be on in ice rink than anywhere- even on holiday. I love playing, scoring and winning.
“I first saw the game when my parents took me to see Steelers when I was three - and got my first hockey stick not long after that.
“And I’ve been hooked ever since.
He will be put up by a local family in Canada where he will stay for two weeks.
Sports mad Alex is not only involved in ice hockey. He is a member of Killamarsh Khaos roller hockey team and plays for Dronfield Rugby Union Club Under-12 team.
Alex’s father and mum Sara have appealed for any local businessman who might be interested in sponsoring Alex to email them on firstname.lastname@example.org