When Team GB made the trip to the World Championships in Zagreb last month, it was clear that the Northern connection was at full strength. Travelling to Croatia with former Vipers Jonathan Weaver and Colin Shields, reserve netminder and one-time Warrior Thomas Murdy, ex-Jester David Clarke and Durham-born Assistant Coach Tom Watkins, former Billingham Bomber Robert Dowd completed Pete Russell’s squad following a return from injury which had previously prevented the forward from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Cortina back in February.
With so many of these individuals having an influence in games on the world stage, here’s what the Northern Stars have to offer GB…
The first period intermission of Great Britain versus Serbia in Group G of the IIHF Winter Olympic pre-Qualification tournament in Cortina, Italy was a pretty inconspicuous 15-20 minute period. Too many short breaks in play where fresh ice was cut and the players took a well earned breather.
On December 9 2013, the International Ice Hockey Federation made the announcement myself and other European ice hockey fans had been waiting rather impatiently for: they are having another go at the Champions Hockey League. Only this time, it would be better. Much better.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi well underway, and the hockey starting on February 12th, we thought it might be interesting to run a poll to see which countries people will be putting their passions behind in the hopes they may emerge victorious from the crowd and claim glory on the biggest stage.
Thanks to Team GB not being a part of Olympic hockey, and us being a UK hockey site, this is a question primarily aimed at those poor souls who are without their own side to support, but all are welcome to participate!
Check back in the coming days for our analysis of each Olympic hockey roster, and more great coverage from Ice Nation UK.
Despite scoring the first goal of the game against Korea this morning, and leading on the shot clock, Great Britain once again failed to overcome the odds and fell 4-1. This is extremely unfortunate for the Brits, who only a couple of short months ago were on the verge of Olympic qualification, but now find themselves relegated to the third tier – 2nd Division – of international ice hockey. Despite the scorelines, I don’t think the team was ever out of any of the games – they showed up and played well, but were simply beaten by better teams.
Many thanks to Premier Sports and IceHockeyUK for their top notch coverage of the tournament, and we now look forward to the Top Division of the IIHF World Championships. Stay tuned for the broadcast dates and times.
Rather embarrassingly, I wasn’t able to get a post up today about Great Britain’s penultimate game at the World Championships. But hurry and you might be able to catch the 3rd period! Sky Channel 428 for Premier Sports and on internet radio at IceHockeyUK, cheer on Great Britain as they try to get their first win of the tournament against Japan. They are currently 3-0 down early in the 3rd period.