Great Britain confirm roster for World Championship in Latvia

Great Britain head coach Peter Russell has named his roster for next month’s World Championship tournament in Latvia.

GB are in Group A – based in the Olympic Sports Centre – where they will come up against Russia, Slovakia, Denmark, Belarus, Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland between 22nd May and 1st June.

Group B consists of Latvia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway and the United States. Matches will be held at Arena Riga.

Russell said: “As with any Great Britain squad, the coaching staff had many difficult decisions to make concerning this year’s team.

“A number of core GB players are unavailable for selection and we will miss those players for sure, but I still feel we have some great depth across our roster.

“Once again, this is the pinnacle of any player’s career and it will be a massive honour for them to step onto the ice against some of the best teams in the world.

“The squad has a good mixture of experience and fantastic young talent, but I do want to give a special mention to two players – Joe Hazeldine and Josh Waller – who just missed out.

“They are exciting prospects for the future and their day will come – and what I will say is that if anyone has to pull out, they will be on the plane.”

GB roster

Netminders: Ben Bowns, Jordan Hedley, Jackson Whistle.

Defence: David Clements, Dallas Ehrhardt, Mark Garside, Sam Jones, Evan Mosey, Ben O’Connor, David Phillips, Josh Tetlow.

Forwards: Ollie Betteridge, Brendan Connolly, Ben Davies, Robert Dowd, Sam Duggan, Luke Ferrara, Mike Hammond, Liam Kirk, Robert Lachowicz, Ben Lake, Ciaran Long, Matthew Myers, Brett Perlini, Jonathan Phillips, Ross Venus.

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)