Russell announces GB Squad

April 22, 2019 9:45 am

Great Britain Head Coach Pete Russell has announced his final square for this year’s IIHF World Championships in Slovakia. The 25-man squad will compete in the top level of world ice hockey in Košice. All bar two of the team heading out to the tournament play their club hockey in the Elite League.

In the squad are:

Netminders
Ben Bowns (Cardiff Devils)
Thomas Murdy (Cardiff Devils)
Jackson Whistle (Sheffield Steelers)

Defencemen
Tim Billingsley (Nottingham Panthers)
Dallas Ehrhardt (Manchester Storm)
Steve Lee (Nottingham Panthers)
Evan Mosey (Cardiff Devils)
Ben O’Connor (Sheffield Steelers)
David Phillips (Sheffield Steelers)
Mark Richardson (Cardiff Devils)
Paul Swindlehurst (Belfast Giants)

Forwards
Ollie Betteridge (Nottingham Panthers)
Ben Davies (Guildford Flames)
Robert Dowd (Sheffield Steelers)
Robert Farmer (Nottingham Panthers)
Luke Ferrara (Coventry Blaze)
Mike Hammond (Manchester Storm)
Liam Kirk (Peterborough Petes)
Robert Lachowicz (Nottingham Panthers)
Ben Lake (Coventry Blaze)
Joey Lewis (ESV Kaufbeuren)
Matthew Myers (Cardiff Devils)
Brett Perlini (Nottingham Panthers)
Jonathan Phillips (Sheffield Steelers)
Colin Shields (Belfast Giants)

“I know the guys who missed out are completely disappointed and so would I be. The whole group at the camp have given everything to each other every day and created healthy competition. This effort and attitude has only made our compete group stronger. They may not be in the 25 but they are a part of our group,” said the Head Coach. “A couple of the guys were unfortunate to be hurt and not had a real opportunity to stake a claim but they will be back next year though. As a coaching group we had some big decisions to make. For me, we left no stone unturned. The 25 guys who we have selected are the guys we believe will take us forward to the next phase of the process.”

Great Britain take on KHL side Torpedo this coming weekend in Nottingham (27 April) and Sheffield (28 April).

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