March 21, 2018
The ENTP are releasing a comprehensive document today regarding the future of the England U19 team and its place at the top of the England Programme.
Entitled ‘A New Direction’ the document can be found here U19 New Direction and details changes to how the team is selected and its purpose.
Existing ENTP policy around non-EIHA registered players and players who have played for GB U18 or U20 have been extended to cover the U19s from this coming Conference weekend (May 25-28).
For the 2018 U19 team the mandate is as follows:
1. Only British players registered in the EIHA in the current season are eligible for selection to the team.
2. Only players born in 1999 and 2000 are eligible for selection to the team.
3. Only players who have not represented a Great Britain team at U18 or U20 in a IIHF championship are eligible for selection to the team.
4. Priority will be given to final year players.
5. Conduct and Discipline records will be considered where player selection is concerned.
6. At least two trial events and a challenge game will be held as part of the trial and selection process.
GM Gary Apsley appeared on the EIHA podcast ‘Talking for England’ to discuss the changes and that will be online later today.
The policy document cements the U19 at the top of the England system and the final link in the player development pathway aiming to get players into the GB programme.
It is an exciting time for the England programme, having selected five teams to go to Bratislava, holding trials for U19 to join them plus the forthcoming England-Scotland game at Conference.
There will be regular updates from the ENTP here on the website and our social media.