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Blaze players get GB call-up

The Coventry Blaze would like to congratulate defenceman David Clements and netminder Jordan Hedley, forwards Ross Venus, Luke Ferrara, Mike Hammond and Sam Duggan who have all been included in the Great Britain squad for next month’s World Championship in Latvia.

Clements and Hedley will represent GB at the top level for the first time after both appearing for their country at junior levels previously.

Countries can select a 28-player roster for this year’s tournament and Head Coach Pete Russell has announced an initial 27, with one player to be added in the coming days.

In addition to Coventry's Clements and Hedley, Lewis Hook, Ciaran Long and Josh Tetlow - are named in a full World Championship squad for the first time after also previously representing GB as a junior, while Sam Jones gets a first-ever Great Britain call-up.

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 hosts Latvia, as well as Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway and the USA. Matches will be held at Arena Riga.

Head Coach, Pete 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.

"Much of this has been made possible by the Elite Series and I would like to thank the Elite League once again for their assistance and providing an opportunity for British players to get competitive hockey under their belt this season.

"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 (players listed by their Elite Series/NIHL Cup club or current club if playing in Europe)

Netminders

Ben Bowns - Nottingham Panthers
Jordan Hedley - Coventry Blaze
Jackson Whistle - Nottingham Panthers

Defence

David Clements - Coventry Blaze
Dallas Ehrhardt - Manchester Storm
Mark Garside - Nottingham Panthers
Sam Jones - Sheffield Steelers
Evan Mosey - EHC Freiburg
Ben O’Connor - Sheffield Steeldogs
David Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Josh Tetlow - Nottingham Panthers

Forwards

Ollie Betteridge - Nottingham Panthers
Brendan Connolly - Sheffield Steelers
Ben Davies - Manchester Storm
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers
Sam Duggan - Coventry Blaze
Luke Ferrara - Coventry Blaze
Mike Hammond - Coventry Blaze
Lewis Hook - Nottingham Panthers
Liam Kirk - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers
Ben Lake - Manchester Storm
Ciaran Long - Manchester Storm
Matthew Myers - Sheffield Steelers
Brett Perlini - Nottingham Panthers
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Ross Venus - Coventry Blaze