Four Giants Make Team GB Roster

Four Stena Line Belfast Giants have been named to the 23-man squad for next week’s World Championship in Zagreb. GB will face hosts Croatia, as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine from 17th to 23rd April in the six-team Division 1B tournament.

Colin Shields, Craig Peacock, Mark Garside and Jonathan Boxill will all feature for Team GB in Croatia.

Jordan Cownie, Matt Haywood, Lewis Hook, Sam Oakford and Paul Swindlehurst are the players who are released from the squad.

Russell said: “I think we have a deep team and I think we have good balance.

“There is a real hunger in this team and that is so good to see.

“There were some huge decisions to make. All the guys made it very tough on the coaching team which is what they were here to do.

“They all competed hard against each other every session and conducted themselves well on and off the ice at all times.

“The young guys who were selected for the camp gained so much from it and competed all week and against Poland.

“It was a great success and something we must continue to do. They were not far away and will be big players for GB in the future.

“I want to thank all the 28 players for their effort and commitment to the program. They all bonded fantastically well and bought in 100%.”

Russell’s side, who won the silver medal at last year’s World Championship in Netherlands, will now continue with their training camp in Coventry before flying to Zagreb on Thursday.

GB SQUAD

Netminders

Ben Bowns – Cardiff Devils

Stevie Lyle – Swindon Wildcats

Thomas Murdy – Telford Tigers

Defencemen

Josh Batch – Cardiff Devils

Mark Garside – Stena Line Belfast Giants

Steve Lee – Nottingham Panthers

Ben O’Connor – Sheffield Steelers

David Phillips – Manchester Storm

Mark Richardson – Cardiff Devils

Jonathan Weaver – Telford Tigers

Forwards

Jonathan Boxill – Stena Line Belfast Giants

David Clarke – Nottingham Panthers

Russell Cowley – Coventry Blaze

Robert Dowd – Sheffield Steelers

Robert Farmer – Nottingham Panthers

Robert Lachowicz – Nottingham Panthers

Evan Mosey – Nottingham Panthers

Matthew Myers – Nottingham Panthers

Craig Peacock – Stena Line Belfast Giants

Jonathan Phillips – Sheffield Steelers

Colin Shields – Stena Line Belfast Giants

Ashley Tait – Coventry Blaze

Ross Venus – Coventry Blaze
Photo: Scott Wiggins

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