May 15, 2018
EIHA and the England National Team Programme are proud to announce the England U19 team for this month’s junior international against Scotland.
The now traditional curtain-raiser to the Conference tournament takes place on Friday May 25 at Bauer Arena Ice Sheffield, face off at 8pm.
England’s players and staff will be at Sheffield all day for a camp ahead of the game, and following on from last year will join with the ‘Mighty Mites’ for an afternoon skate and a ‘meet the players’ autograph session before the main event that evening.
Under 19 head coach Ian Pound spoke to EIHA.co.uk about the build up to the much-anticipated annual fixture.
“We have been very busy preparing for the annual England v Scotland game,” said Pound.
“As many have read, the Under 19 team had a slightly different directive this year in order to include a group of players that might have previously been overlooked for selection in previous years.
“So far we’ve had a week-long development camp in Bratislava that was the first of its kind for the programme. This went very well and the athletes who attended have come away with an appreciation of what it takes, on and off the ice, to get to the next level of professionalism and competitiveness in their hockey careers.
“For those that didn’t attend, some due to team or work commitments, they were all given a second chance when we held further trials.
“There were some difficult decisions to make in selecting the team, but we feel we’ve selected the right personnel for the job in hand from those available.
“I understand some athletes will be disappointed to be missing out on this occasion, which is natural. Hopefully they are driven to come back stronger and have benefited from participating in this year’s programme.
“I am quite excited to again work with Ryan Aldridge and Paul Kelsall for the Conference weekend game. A mention must also go to the outstanding work done by Gordon Douglas, substituting in for Paul Kelsall for the Bratislava camp and, of course, Gary Apsley whose vision created the Bratislava camp.
“There are a lot of positives to take from what we’ve done thus far.
“Now there are less than 2 weeks to go until the big game. The excitement is building for the management staff and players and we have a few final preparations to make before we are ready on the night. It should be a great experience for all those involved!”
The team is listed below, we’ll have more exciting news about the junior international tomorrow!
ENGLAND U19 TEAM (v SCOTLAND May 25th)
Tyler Perre – Okanagan
Thomas Brown – Whitley Warriors
Samuel Jackson – Haringey Huskies
Oliver Lord – Coventry
Deakan Fielder – Okanagan
Joshua Kelly – Okanagan
Tom Ravenscroft – Okanagan
Harvey Robson – Okanagan
Lewis Otley – Sheffield
Samuel Compton – Basingstoke Buffalo
Cain Taylor – Hull Pirates
Brady Doxey – Sutton Sting
Brodie Jesson – Telford Tigers
Matthew Barlow – Widnes Wild
Harry Harcup – Slough Jets
Anthony Weatherall – Whitley Warriors
Eliot Randall – Swindon Wildcats
Matthew Byron – Okanagan
Ryan Kemp – Bradford Bulldogs
Sam Rodgers – Sheffield
Mikey Power – Okanagan
Michael Clancy – Telford Tigers
Head Coach – Ian Pound
Assistant Coach – Ryan Aldridge
Manager – Paul Kelsall
Therapist – Charley Keen