Graham replaces Neilson in Great Britain U18 squad

Great Britain U18 head coach Martin Grubb has had to make a change to his squad ahead of next month’s World Championship tournament.

Forward Alex Graham has replaced Cade Neilson on the roster.

Sheffield-born Graham, 16, has represented his hometown club at junior level and has also scored 13 points in 12 games for NIHL North side Sheffield Steeldogs this season.

Grubb said: “It is a massive disappointment to be without Cade. He is a tremendous talent and will be missed.

“But we have a lot of depth in our squad and that is shown by the type of player we are bringing onto the roster.

“Alex may be a young lad but he is a terrific player and the coaching staff are excited to see what he can do at a World Championship.

“He has been performing and putting up numbers for the Steeldogs since January and the feedback from his coaches makes him an exciting replacement.”

GB will take on Austria, Italy, Japan, hosts Hungary and Slovenia following their promotion last season.

The Division 1B tournament takes place at the Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall and runs from 14th to 20th April.

GB will fly out to Bratislava in Slovakia on 8th April for a training camp and challenge games, before moving onto the World Championship venue in Hungary.

GB U18 SQUAD

Netminders

Lucas Brine – New Hampton Huskies USA
Will Kerlin – OHA

Defence

Bradley Bowering – Peterborough Phantoms
Ed Bradley – CIHA Canada
Callum Burnett – London Raiders
Reece Cochrane – Fife Flyers/Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Jordan Griffin – Sheffield Steelers
Joe Hazeldine – Nottingham/Telford
Ethan Reid – Murrayfield
Liam Stenton – Solway Sharks

Forwards

Mason Biddulph – Islanders Hockey Club
Kieran Brown – Sheffield Steelers
Louis Chabot – Nepean Raiders
Alex Graham – Sheffield
Ethan Hehir – Billingham
Lewis Houston – Solway Sharks
Scott Jamieson – Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Patrick Larkin – Nepean Raiders
Jacob Lutwyche – Ridley College
Austin Mitchell-King – Hill Academy
Reed Sayers – Okanagan
Sam Talbot – Slough/MK Thunder

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