Great Britain U16 to take part in Spring Classic event at Swindon

Great Britain U16 will take part in a seven-team Spring Classic event at Swindon Ice Rink at the end of April.

The tournament will feature U17 sides from four of the Conferences, including Scotland, plus Okanagan UK, Okanagan Europe and the GB U16 side. It will run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April.

GB U16 head coach Steven Lynch said: “This will be an excellent tournament for the youngsters to take part in. There will be quality opposition and the players will be severely tested.

“It will be good to see players in a game situation and it will be a big part of their learning curve. The U16 coaches are looking forward to working with our roster in Swindon for this tournament.”

EIHA JLMC chair Jacqueline Pye added: “We’re delighted to be able to host a tournament for our top age Conference squads using the formula set down with the Conference Series and Winter Classic.

“This will give the players more ice time together, playing more games against better players which can only aid their development.

“This tournament will also be an excellent showcase for our top age players. We’re grateful to Okanagan UK and Europe for buying in to the concept and agreeing to provide teams for the weekend.

“Getting Great Britain U16 is also a fantastic coup. The JLMC are pleased to be able to assist IHUK and provide an opportunity for our youngest GB national team to play competitive games.

Warrior Hockey UK will continue to invest in the growth of junior hockey as title sponsors of the event.

Neil Stone, on behalf of Warrior Hockey UK, said: “We believe in a strong junior development system to help the young players reach their potential.

“When Jacqueline and the JLMC told us about the tournament coming to Swindon we were only to happy to give it our backing.

“We look forward to welcoming all players, staff and supporters and hope to enjoy a fantastic weekend of junior ice hockey.”

Admission to the event is free. Games will run from 7.00pm to 10.30pm on Friday, 10.45am to 11.00pm on Saturday and 6.30am to 8.00pm on Sunday.