IIHF Mens U20 World Championship Team Preview
GB will begin their second campaign in this group after finishing fifth last time around.
It’s a rebuilding phase for the team who were relegated to this division in 2011/12 after previously winning a bronze medal.
Underdogs going into this tournament but with home advantage and plenty of new faces, the future looks a lot brighter for the host nation.
Head Coach is Peter Russell, who has been a part of Team GB at junior level since 2003.
He currently coaches at The Okanagan Hockey School and Academy UK which were founded in 2012 as a subsidiary of Okanagan Hockey School in Penticton, BC, Canada.
With the recent shake-up in GB hockey, Russell was also made an assistant coach of the full Men’s team.
Russell didn’t quite get the roster he wanted though, as Josh Cook was prevented from taking his place on the roster due to an IIHF rule, which although contested was not overturned. A real shame for both country and player, who is passionate about GB despite playing his hockey abroad for the last five years or so.
So here’s the full rundown on GB’s roster.
Adam Goss has been a part of the Coventry set-up since 2006.
Played only a handful of games for the Coventry Blaze in the Elite League but the 18 year old looks to be the starter for GB.
Represented the national team at U18 and U20 last year.
Jordan Hedley is just 17 and this will be his first time in a GB squad.
Spent his young career at Milton Keynes and has made seven starts for the Lightning in the EPIHL this season.
David Clements moved from Coventry to play in the States with Notre Dame for three years.
Now in second season with Ogden Mustangs of the Western States Hockey League, where he is now captain of the team and leading points scorer on defense with 19 points in 17 games.
Captained GB U18’s last year and this will be his first appearance for the U20 team.
Zach Sullivan has moved around in his tender career and now calls Basingstoke his home, with the Bisons in the EPIHL. Back in 2011/12, he was a part of the Slough Jets team that were EPIHL Playoff Champions. This will be his third campaign with the U20 side.
Danny Rose is in his second season as a regular for Telford Tigers in the EPIHL.
Has only represented the GB team once, back in and he recorded four points in five games for the U18’s.
Adam Jones is the youngest defenseman on the roster at just 17 years of age.
Has been a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy for a while and is currently with the Lower Austria Stars. This will be his first time representing his country.
Craig Moore is a team mate of Zach Sullivan with the Ogden Mustangs.
Despite being a defenseman for Team GB, Moore is listed as a far for his WSHL team and has nine points in eighteen starts.
He played every game for the GB U18 team last year.
Ben Russell was with the Ogden Mustangs last year but is now back with Milton Keynes with whom he started his hockey career.
Recorded a pair of goals and a solitary assist for the GB U18’s last campaign.
Sam Godfrey has had a few teams, including spending time playing in Ontario, Canada.
He was a team mate of Sullivan’s during the 2011/12 season when Slough Jets were EPIHL Playoff Champions. Now with Swindon Wildcats of the EPIHL and this will be his second campaign with the GB U20’s.
Declan Balmer is a regular fixture for the Peterborough Phantoms of the EPIHL
Represented both GB U18 and U20 last year , wearing the “A” for the younger team.
Ross Venus is in his fourth season playing Elite League hockey with the Coventry Blaze.
The left winger has 9 points in 27 games this season.
Has played for GB the previous two campaigns, with this his second year with the U20 team.
Liam Stewart is perhaps the best known name on the squad and the most highly touted.
Yes he is the son of Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter but let’s focus on his hockey.
In his third WHL season with Spokane Chiefs, Stewart has 15 points in 26 games, rebounding after a sophomore year. This will be his first time representing GB and they’ll be expecting a lot from him.
Bobby Chamberlain is back with the Hull Stingrays after time away playing in Ontario and then for Ogden Mustangs last season.
Has eight and nine points respectively in two pervious campaigns with the GB U18 team.
Floyd Taylor is the young man called in to replace Josh Cook.
A part of the Swindon system his whole career and captained the GB U18 team last year, registering two goals.
Shawn Mackie has played his junior hockey in Canada up till now.
Currently with the Lakefield Chiefs where he’s a point per game player after 20 starts.
This will be his first time representing GB at any level.
Lewis Hook is in his second season playing for the Peterborough Phantoms.
The 17yo represented GB U18 last time around and put up six points in five games.
Jordan Cownie moved from Peterborough Phantoms to Milton Keynes this season and is doing well for his new club.
This will be his fourth campaign for GB, and will hope to build on the seven assists he put up for the U18’s last year.
Matt Selby is another product of the Coventry Blaze.
Playing in his third season of elite league hockey, Selby can play defense or forward and is considered a responsible player.
Oliver Betteridge is on loan with the Swindon Wildcats from his parent team the Nottingham Panthers. The right winger has eight points this season and this will be his second campaign representing GB.
Liam Morris was drafted in 2013, 68th overall by Toronto Attack in the GMHL Draft
Has 8 points in 19 games this season
Played all his hockey in Ontario and is another making his debut for GB in World Championship hockey.
Ivan Antonov is the second youngest member of the squad at just 16.
Born in Moscow, Russia but has been a part of the Bracknell organisation since 2010.
Has risen through their junior ranks putting up big number.
Again this will be his debut campaign for GB.
His team mate at Bracknell, Sam Duggan, is just 15 years old.
Has been racking up ridiculous numbers so early in his career.
Four games in U16 grade saw him register nineteen points, whilst five games stepping up to the U18 level has seen him record fourteen goals and twelve assists!
Unsure if we’ll get to see the youngster in this campaign but if those numbers are anything to go by, GB has an exciting prospect on their hands.
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