England and Scotland name strong squads for junior international

SIHA Scottish Ice Hockey

England and Scotland U19s have named teams packed with Great Britain U18 and U20 experience for this Friday’s junior international in Sheffield.

The curtain raiser to the Conference tournament faces off on Friday evening in Ice Sheffield at 8pm with free admission for all spectators.

Scotland are defending the Frank Dempster Bowl for the first time in almost 20 years, after winning last season’s encounter 6-4 in Hull on the back of Joran Cownie’s 3G + 2A performance.

This year’s squads have been released today and contain a host of players with medal-winning experience from this season’s Great Britain Under 20 (gold) and Under 18 (bronze) World Championship teams.

The Scotland squad is coached again by Scott Neil with assistants Stephen Lynch and Scott Plews.  For England, Mitchell Stead takes charge for the first time, assisted by Mike Clancy.

SCOTLAND SQUAD – Renny Marr (Fife), Adam Kerr (North Ayr), Dean Walker (Murrayfield), Tyler Plews (Fife), Luke Secmezsoy-Dunn (Kilmarnock), Josh Grieveson (Middlesex Black Bears), Jay King (Murrayfield), Ben Edmonds (Dundee), Chad Smith (Fife), Sean Cochrance (Fife), Kris Inglis (Dundee), Michael Ireland (Murrayfield), Alex Forbes (Ogden Mustangs), Ryan Todd (Fife), Joe Durkacz (Moray), Daniel Abercrombie (North Ayr), Gavin Finlayson (Murrayfield), Haydn Bain (North Ayr), Aaron Robertson (Fife), Liam Cassidy (Fife), Duncan Speirs (Solway), Andrew Little (Kilmarnock).

ENGLAND SQUAD – Jordan Hedley (Milton Keynes), Denis Bell (Telford NIHL), Thomas Barry (Sheffield Steeldogs), Brendan Baird (Basingstoke), Callum Buglass (Swindon), Simon Hobbis (Wightlink), Cameron McGiffin (Peterborough), Harvey Stead (Bracknell), Ivan Antonov (Bracknell), Joseph Aston (Telford NIHL), Glenn Billing (OHA UK), Jordan Bloom (Nottingham Lions), Owen Griffiths (Wightlink), Lewis Hook (Milton Keynes), Luc Johnson
(OHA UK), Tom Rutkis (OHA UK), Ben Richards (Whitley Bay), Michael Stratford (OHA UK), Alex Whyte (MK Thunder), Callum Queenan (Whitley Bay).

The Conference Tournament celebrates its 21st edtion this year, and the first at Sheffield.  All weekend funds are being raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  There is the traditional Conference tombola with over 1000 prizes and a fantastic raffle including a framed GBU20 jersey signed by all players and staff from the gold-medal winning squad from December.

Organisers have set up a Just Giving page and a Vodafone Text Giving number to allow those not at the event to donate, while raffle tickets for the GB U20 shirt can also be bought online.

The Just Giving site is www.justgiving.com/eiha-conference.  The online raffle tickets can be bought from www.eihaconference.bigcartel.com/.  To donate by text, text “EIHA50 £5″ to 70070 to donate £5 to the cause.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.

Tickets for the tournament, which starts at 7am each day Saturday, Sunday and Monday, are available from Ice Sheffield reception.  A three-day pass is £20 adults and £10 children, while a day ticket is £10 & £5 respectively.

For those unable to attend, matches are being streamed from Pad 1 by 247.tv at a cost of £2 per game.  The live programmes start with the junior international and will feature every game on Ice Sheffield’s main pad right
through till the Finals on Monday afternoon.  To purchase a game go to www.247.tv/live.