Blaze trio called up as Weber appointed to GB coaching staff
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze trio Ashley Tait, Russell Cowley and Ross Venus have been called up to the Great Britain squad to face Poland in two exhibition games on Saturday 9th April at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham and Sunday 10th April 2016 at the Skydome Arena in Coventry.
The back-to-back series will form part of GB's preperation for the World Championships in Zagreb to be held from 17th to 23rd April.
Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber has also been appointed as part of the coaching team.
The Blaze forward line make up part of a 28-man squad which Head Coach, Pete Russell along with Chuck Weber and his other assistant Tom Watkins will cut to 23 ahead of the tournament in which GB will face hosts Croatia in the Division 1B tournament as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine.
Listen to Ross Venus and Ashley Tait talk about their GB call-ups and the upcoming playoff quarter-final vs Sheffield:
- See the full squad on the Ice Hockey UK website, here.
"As a coaching team we have watched a lot of hockey since Cortina," said Russell.
"Firstly, our main aim was to select the right team and select the right players for the right positions.
"This group has a mix of talent and age, and experience. We have also decided to involve the future in this squad and their levels will be tested at our pre-competition camp.
"For me, it's the right time and they have every opportunity to work their way into the final 23.
"We have a great pre-tournament camp planned to pull everything together on and off the ice.
"Last year the games against Poland were huge for us and they are top-level opposition.
"To be honest, there are going to be some very tough decisions for our final 23. This competition will only make our team stronger and raise the levels even higher of every player each day at camp.
"I am also delighted to announce the addition of Chuck Weber to our coaching team.
"Chuck is very organised, has great knowledge of the game and his video analysis skills are unreal.
"During the last year I have got to know him more and more. He will be a great fit for our group. He will only make our coaching team stronger."
To buy tickets for GB against Poland at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, visit the NIC box office in person, log on to the National Ice Centre website by clicking here, or telephone 0843 373 3000.
To buy tickets for GB against Poland at the Skydome in Coventry, visit the Skydome box office in person, log on to the website by clicking here, or call 02476 630 693.