Davies in vow to make final GB ice hockey squad for worlds

Matty Davies has vowed to win over Britain ice hockey head coach Doug Christiansen as he prepares for a senior international debut ahead of next month’s World Championships.

Davies, who plays for Hull Stingrays as a forward, is among a 28-strong British squad that will take part in a two-week training camp and back-to-back home internationals prior to the worlds.

The 24-year-old is guaranteed to make his senior debut for Britain with all 28 players told they will play some part in the two home internationals with the Netherlands in Sheffield then Coventry.

After that head coach Christiansen will reduce the squad to 23 for the World Championships, where Britain will play the Netherlands, hosts Lithuania, Croatia, Poland and Romania.

Davies made the training camp last year ahead of the World Championships in Budapest but is determined to prove himself worthy of a place on the plane all the way to Vilnius this time.

“I am excited that I will get my chance to make my international debut and hopefully I can persuade the coaching staff I should be in the 23-man squad,” he said.

“Playing for your country is such an honour and I have been lucky enough to experience it at a junior level. Now I want to do it at the top level and I know I have a massive few weeks ahead of me.”

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