Venus "honoured" to be named in GB squad
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze forward Ross Venus says he is “honoured” to be named in Great Britain’s 23-man squad for the upcoming World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
The 21 year-old who made his senior debut for Great Britain earlier this year during the Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Cortina, Italy told Blaze Media Manager Rob Plaister:
“It’s always an honour to play for Great Britain, and it was special to play in Coventry last night. The atmosphere was electric. I saw many familiar faces in the stands and down by the plexi-glass, so that helped me.”
The Solihull born winger of over 350 Elite League games, was typically modest when asked if he was surprised by his inclusion in Pete Russell’s 23-man squad:
“I wasn’t really expecting it. I knew that I was on the fringe and I had to prove to the coaching staff that I deserved my spot by playing well against Poland.”
Venus, played a key role in Great Britain’s 3-2 overtime victory over Poland last night in front of a packed-out Skydome Arena and more than impressed the GB Head Coach.
“Venus was good against Poland but also throughout training camp,” said Russell. “He is a great penalty-killer and we have to look at spreading the wealth around the top and bottom six.”
GB will face hosts Croatia, as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine from 17th to 23rd April in the six-team Division 1B tournament and Venus says confidence is high:
“Me and the boys are going with one intention, to win gold and to get promoted. We are a good squad of players, we have plenty of experience and I really think we can do it.”
Venus is joined in the GB squad by teammates Ashley Tait and Russ Cowley whilst Coach Chuck Weber will take on an assistant coach role. Other Blaze staff, Andy Buxton (GB General Manager), Nikki Sherlock (Physio), Steve Small (Kit Manager) and Matt Robins (Doctor) will also take on respective roles with the national team.