© Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax
Former Halifax Mooseheads blueliner Stephen Lund.
Former Halifax Mooseheads’ defenceman Steve Lund has jumped head first into his new career.
Fortunately, there’s no helmet required for his starring role as werewolf Nick Sorrentino on Bitten, which airs on Canadian specialty channel Space and American cable station Syfy.
Lund’s promising hockey career came to a halt six years ago due to a serious concussion. The feisty blueliner had been selected fifth overall in the 2005 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft.
“We were in the doctor’s office, and they did an MRI of my spinal cord, and there was some inflammation there,” the now 25-year-old Lund recalled of that life-changing moment.
“They were like, ‘if you get hit the wrong way, you could be a quadriplegic, and that was that,” Lund added Tuesday, while sipping a coffee and taking in the sun on the Halifax waterfront, during a trip home from Toronto to visit family and friends.
What became very clear for Lund is there was another path to success, and for him that meant pursuing his life-long passion for acting.
“I was always telling people I was going to be an actor, when I was four, five, six,” he said, citing Indiana Jones as his childhood idol. “And then I started playing hockey very often, and I grew very fast, and hockey took over.”
His health shut down his goal of going pro, but opened up the chance “to do what I actually want to do.”
“I still have a long way to go, but it’s been incredibly exciting,” Lund said of his new dream. “I didn’t know I could feel this comfortable doing something.”
Lund will soon be on set for a Christmas movie to air on The Hallmark Channel, in addition to rejoining the cast of Bitten to shoot a second season this fall.
He credits hockey for helping teach him “what it took to succeed,” and still plays pick-up when he can, keeping him in werewolf shape.
“That team mentality has been present in every one of my jobs, most notably now with this show Bitten,” he said. “To … work collectively as a unit, really makes a huge difference on camera.”
Whether playing in the big league or on the big screen, Lund ‘s advice is to “take care of your head” and “give it your all.”
“Doing what you love is the key to ultimate happiness,” he said.
Lund played for the Mooseheads and also the Prince Edward Island Rocket during his QMJHL career between 2005-08.