Great Britain heading to Minsk for 2021 World Championship tournament

Great Britain will be in a group with hosts Belarus, as well as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland at next year’s World Championship tournament.

GB have been drawn in Group A, with the games taking place at the 15,086-seat Minsk Arena, which will also host two quarter-final games, both semi-finals and the medal games.

Riga will be the host city for Group B with Latvia joined by Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway and the United States.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “Last year, the big buzz was the prospect of playing against Canada, USA, Finland.

“Well, they have flipped the coin and we now have the buzz of playing Russia, Czech, Sweden, Switzerland – it’s stuff that dreams are made of for any hockey player or fan.

“In two tournaments we will have competed against nearly every nation in Pool A. If I was a player I’d be doing anything I can to be the best I can be to get on that plane.

“Any team you play in Pool A is quality and the next tournament we will see a very different challenge, but a great experience awaits everyone.”