O’Connor eagerly anticipating challenge of facing higher ranked nations

Ben O’Connor says there’s a real sense of anticipation at Great Britain’s training camp in Coventry as preparations continue for next week’s World Championship tournament in Budapest.

A 28-man squad has undergone two on-ice sessions a day ahead of two matches with Lithuania this weekend.

The two sides meet in Milton Keynes this evening (7.00pm) before going head-to-head at Coventry’s Skydome tomorrow (5.15pm).

The squad will then be cut to a 23-man roster to to represent Great Britain at the Division 1A tournament in Hungary.

“Every GB training camp is always intense, but this one feels even more so,” said O’Connor.

“The carrot being dangled is a place on the roster at a second-tier World Championship playing some of the best nations in the world.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere around the camp and it is great to back with the GB boys.”

GB’s World Championship campaign gets under way in Budapest a week on Sunday against Slovenia.

They will also face Kazakhstan, Poland, Italy and Hungary in the six-team tournament, with the top two teams being promoted to the top flight of the World Championship structure.

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To buy tickets for GB against Lithuania at Milton Keynes, visit the box office in person, log on to the website and click ‘Events’ or telephone 01908 540020. Away seating is in block nine.

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