Coach Christiansen wants GB to lay down a marker at worlds

17 April 2014 / 18:27

Head coach Doug Christiansen insists now is the time for Great Britain’s men’s ice hockey team to prove their worth as they seek World Championship promotion.

Christiansen’s comments come after he named his final 23-man squad for their World Championship Division One B tournament in Vilnius in Lithuania.

Britain suffered relegation from Division One A last year and will have to navigate their way past Lithuania, Croatia, Romania, Netherlands and Poland to get back there.

They claimed a win and an overtime loss to the Netherlands in their two warm-up fixtures and will face Croatia in the very first match of the tournament in Vilnius on Sunday.

Kevin Phillips and Matt Towe miss out from the 25-strong squad for the training camp and Christiansen admits Britain must show their value in Lithuania.

"I think it was an outstanding camp and all the guys worked hard. They are a confident group of guys and it now up to us to go out and prove to the world what we can do,” he said.

"The two guys I have released are unlucky. Matt Towe was outstanding. He is an exciting player and will be a national team player in the future for sure.

"Kevin Phillips had a great season with Belfast and was a big part of the team that won the Elite League title.

"I think our balance of left-handed and right-handed defencemen in the team will pay dividends."

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