Great Britain will play Poland and Kazakhstan next year as part of their preparations for the World Championship in Switzerland.
GB will meet Poland on Friday 17th April 2020 (7:30pm) at the Skydome in Coventry, before the two sides face each other in Cardiff’s Viola Arena the next day, Saturday 18th April 2020 (7pm).
Pete Russell’s side will then take-on Kazakhstan on Sunday 3rd May (5:30pm) in Milton Keynes ahead of the sold-out encounter with Canada two days later at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.
GB’s last meeting with both sides came during their successful promotion-winning campaign at the 2018 World Championship Division I Group A in Budapest.
Brett Perlini, Colin Shields, Brendan Brooks, Ben O’Connor and Jonathan Phillips were the goalscorers in a 5-3 win over Poland, while Luke Ferrara scored his first GB goal in a 6-1 defeat by Kazakhstan.
Russell said: “These are two more excellent opponents and they are sure to be three great matches as part of our World Championship preparations.
“We have had some terrific battles with Poland at both World Championship tournaments and in warm-up games – and I am sure next year will be no different.
“Kazakhstan are always tricky opponents for us so I am looking forward to seeing how we match-up against them.
“These games – and of course the match with Canada – are vital in getting ourselves ready for the World Championship in Switzerland.”
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Following the announcement that Team GB would face Team Canada in Nottingham next May, as part of their 2020 IIHF World Championship preparations, British hockey fans have been in something of a fever – bringing the top ranked team in the world to the UK is a big deal after all.
Tickets sold rapidly, the Motorpoint Arena is set to be full to the brim, the atmosphere already one of excitement. And that’s just the fans.
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Ice Hockey UK general secretary Andy French says the response to Great Britain’s international challenge game with Canada next year has been “phenomenal”.
Nearly 5,000 tickets were sold on yesterday’s first day of sale for the match-up with the world number one ranked team on Tuesday 5th May 2020 at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.
The game will form part of both sides’ preparations for the World Championship in Switzerland later in May, when they will go head-to-head in Lausanne.
French said: “Playing Canada is a huge honour for Great Britain and it is fantastic they agreed to come to the UK as part of their World Championship preparations.
“It shows how far the programme has come in the past few years and full credit should go to Pete Russell and his players for what they’ve achieved which, in turn, means a top-ranked nation is interested in facing GB.
“We expected tickets to be popular for such an exciting game but the response on the first day was phenomenal.”
Tickets are available via the arena website www.motorpointarenanottingham.com, by phone at 0843 373 3000 or at the box office in person.
You are urged to purchase yours as soon as possible with limited availability remaining.
Early Bird – 18th November 2019 to 28th February 2020
Concession (OAP and under-16) £25
General Sale – 29th February 2020 onwards
Concession (OAP and under-16) £35
Please note: There is a 12% arena admin fee and £1.20 facility fee on all tickets.
Press Release courtesy of Ice Hockey UK. Photo Credit: Dean Woolley