GB U20S TO FACE NOTTINGHAM LIONS

Great Britain Under-20s will go head-to-head with Nottingham Lions next week as part of their preparations for the IIHF World Championship (Division 1B) later this year.

GB are off to Megeve in France in December for this year’s tournament, after winning promotion from Division 2A and the gold medal in Tallinn last year.

The fixture, which will take place at the National Ice Centre on Tuesday 3rd November (7:30pm), is a repeat of last year’s fixture which was part of GB’s build-up for the success in Estonia.

GB U20s head coach, Tom Watkins, said: “This will really help in our build-up to the World Championship in December.

“We got our preparations spot on last year and came away with a gold medal and the game against the Lions was a vital part of it.

“I would like to thank the Lions for helping us stage this match again. It will be great for the squad to get some vital match practice.”

Nottingham Lions head coach, Matt Bradbury, said: “We are happy to host this game again at the National Ice Centre for the second year.

“It fits nicely into our game schedule and an opportunity for players to remain match sharp.

“The game gives hockey fans in the East Midlands the opportunity to see the best players Britain has to offer at 20s level and there will be some top hockey players being showcased.

“We hope that people will come down and support the players and our chosen charity.”

All tickets are priced at just £3 and can be purchased from the NIC box office on the night of the game, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Nottinghamshire.

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