Venus and Ferrara included in GB squad
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze pair Ross Venus and Luke Ferrara have been named in a 28-man Team Great Britain squad for their pre-World Championship training camp and two international matches against Lithuania next month.
Both are set to enjoy their most productive Elite League seasons to date with Blaze academy product Venus (now 23 years-of-age) registering 7 goals, 13 assists in the 52 regular season games played.
Ferrara (24 years-old) meanwhile, in his debut season with Coventry after joining from Sheffield Steelers last summer, has posted 10 goals, 17 assists in 44 appearances.
GB host Lithuania in Milton Keynes on Saturday 14th April (7pm) and the following day, Sunday 15th April, in Coventry’s Skydome Arena (5:15pm).
After the games against Lithuania, the squad will be reduced to the 23 players who will represent Great Britain at the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary from 22nd to 28th April.
Britain will play in Division 1 Group A following their promotion and gold medal in Belfast last year and will face hosts Hungary, along with Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland and Slovenia in the Papp Laszlo Sportarena.
Head Coach, Pete Russell, said, “This was a tough 28-man squad to choose and a lot of talented players have been left out.
“But I am happy with the roster for the training camp and the two Lithuania matches next month.
“The competition for places in the GB squad is intense and that will continue to be the case ahead of cutting the squad to 23 players for the World Championship.
“We did something very special last year in Belfast and that will live long in the memory, but that’s behind us now and we will face five very, very good teams in Budapest."
Ben Bowns - Cardiff Devils
Thomas Murdy - Cardiff Devils
Jackson Whistle - Belfast Giants
Dallas Ehrhardt - Manchester Storm
Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers
Jeremy Lundin - Guildford Flames
Evan Mosey - Nottingham Panthers
Ben O’Connor - Sheffield Steelers
David Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils
Zach Sullivan - Braehead Clan
Paul Swindlehurst - Manchester Storm
Ollie Betteridge - Nottingham Panthers
Brendan Brooks - Braehead Clan
Ben Davies - Guildford Flames
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers
Luke Ferrara - Coventry Blaze
Mike Hammond - Manchester Storm
Lewis Hook - Milton Keynes Lightning
Liam Kirk - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers
Ciaran Long - Manchester Storm
Matthew Myers - Cardiff Devils
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Brett Perlini - Nottingham Panthers
Colin Shields - Belfast Giants
Ross Venus - Coventry Blaze
GB vs. Lithuania tickets
Tickets are now on sale for Great Britain’s two international challenge games with Lithuania.
Saturday 14th April 2018 (7pm) - Planet Ice Arena, Milton Keynes
Visit the box office in person, go ONLINE or telephone 01908 540020. Away seating is in block nine.
Sunday 15th April in Coventry (5.15pm) - Skydome Arena, Coventry
Visit the Skydome box office in person, go ONLINE or call 02476 630693. Away seating is in bock eight.
Prices are as follows:
Before 23.59 on Sunday 8th April 2018:
Adult - £15
Under 16 - £8
16-18 - £11
Senior (60+) - £11
NUS Extra - £11
Family (2 adult/2 children) - £39
After 23.59 on Sunday 8th April:
Adult - £18
Under 16 - £10
16-18 - £13
Senior (60+) - £13
NUS Extra - £13
Family (2 adult/2 children) - £47