Head coach Pete Russell has named a 28-man squad for Great Britain’s training camp next month and matches against Italy and Hungary.
The roster will then be cut to 25 for back-to-back games against KHL side Torpedo and this squad will go on to represent GB at the World Championship in Slovakia in May.
Team GB have confirmed that they will face Slovakia in Poprad on May 4th, their final warm-up game before the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Kosice.
The national side previously announced games against Hungary, Italy and KHL teams Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Dinamo Riga as part of their preparation for the tournament, with Pete Russell’s side edging out the Latvian side 3-1 in a hard fought game at The Skydome in Coventry on February 6th.
Great Britain are set to return to the top flight of world ice hockey for the first time in 25-years this spring, having secured promotion from Division 1A last year.
Drawn in Group A for the World Championship, Team GB will face Germany, Canada, Denmark, USA, Finland, Slovakia and France during the tournament, starting on May 11th against Olympic silver medallists Germany.
Great Britain beat KHL side Dinamo Riga 3-1 on a historical night in the Skydome in front of a sold-out arena.
Luke Ferrara and Ben Lake scored on their home ice in Coventry, while Ben O’Connor added an empty-net goal. Netminder Ben Bowns turned away 41 of the 42 shots he faced.
Ice Hockey UK have confirmed that Team GB will take part in a triangular tournament with Hungary and Italy, as well as facing KHL sides Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Dinamo Riga, as part of their preparations for the 2019 IIHF World Championships.
The British national team stunned the hockey world last year when it secured promotion from Division 1A, beating hosts Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia in Budapest to claim gold, and the opportunity to compete against the world’s top nations for the first time since 1994.
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If somehow you missed it; here’s Team GB’s Ben O’Connor pulling off an immense move on a penalty shot against South Korea yesterday:
O’Connor’s slick finish proved to be the game winner, with GB topping their opponents 3-2 at the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It also moved them in to pole position in Division 1 Group B with 8 points.
After regulation wins over Estonia and South Korea, and an overtime victory against Croatia, GB face hosts the Netherlands on Saturday before (hopefully) going for gold on Sunday against Lithuania.
You can follow the teams progress on Twitter @TeamGBicehockey
1PS also caught up with Team GB #1 Ben Bowns before the tournament – you can read the interview here
With a new Head Coach and some fresh blood in the line up; Team GB’s 2015 World Championship campaign begins tomorrow against 2014 silver medallists Croatia.
With five games in the space of just six days, the tournament is intense and leaves little room for error – but puck stopper Ben Bowns believes Great Britain are up to the challenge.