GB under 20’s warm up games



Great Britain Under-20s will play two warm-up games next week ahead of the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Dumfries.


Pete Russell’s youngsters will face a Scottish Elite Select side on Thursday 5th December 2013 (8pm), followed by a game against Solway Sharks on Saturday 7th December (7:30pm).


Both games will take place at Dumfries Ice Bowl – the venue for the upcoming World Championship tournament.


The six-team competition, where GB will come up against France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, will get under way on Monday 9th December.


Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “I am delighted our GB Under-20s are going to get the chance to play against a quality group of Elite players in our preparation.


“This is exactly what we needed. It will be great for us to work on our line-up and implicate our systems further.


“We will be trying few different approaches on the night that’s for sure.


“I can’t thank IHUK, the Elite League, Fife, Edinburgh and Dundee enough for helping out this game on. Everyone is pulling together as one and that’s a huge positive.”


Andy French, general secretary of Ice Hockey UK, added: “I would like to thank Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife from the Elite League for putting their players forward for the game.


“This will be a great build-up for the youngsters ahead of an important week. Thanks must also go to Solway Sharks for agreeing to next Saturday’s game too.


“It is great we are getting so much support ahead of the World Championship tournament.”


The Elite League Scottish Select squad will be made up of the following players…


Dundee Stars: Vince Connon, Robbie Hill, Sam McClusky, Lewis McIntosh, Bari McKenzie, Adam McNicol & Paul Swindlehurst.

Edinburgh Capitals: Michal Benadik, Mark Fowley, Peter Holecko, Jan Safar & Marcus Zembergs.

Fife Flyers: Allan Anderson, Justin Dacosta, Blair Daly, Tim Hartung & Derek Roehl.

Coach: Richard Hartmann (Edinburgh Capitals).


Admission to each game will be £7.50 for adults, £5 for children and concessions, while a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) will cost £15. Supporters can pay on the door for both matches.