Coach urges play­ers to seal places

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Great Britain and newlyap­pointed Brae­head Clan head coach Pete Rus­sell says the up­com­ing train­ing camp will be an in­tense bat­tle for places as prepa­ra­tions for this month’s World Cham­pi­onships tour­na­ment in Bu­da­pest gets un­der­way.

Fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion last year in Belfast, GB will play in Divi­sion 1B of the cham­pi­onship struc­ture.

They will face hosts Hun­gary, along with Italy, Kaza­khstan, Poland and Slove­nia, with matches tak­ing place from April 22-28.

GB get their train­ing camp started in Coven­try this evening ahead of two warm-up games with Lithua­nia this week­end.

The two sides meet in Mil­ton Keynes tonight ( 7pm) and at Coven­try’s Sky­dome Arena to­mor­row (5.15pm).

Af­ter the games against Lithua­nia, the 28-man squad will be re­duced to the 23 play­ers who will rep­re­sent Great Britain at the World Cham­pi­onships.

Clan’s Zach Sul­li­van is the only player from the Brae­head club still in con­tention to make the cut.

“It is go­ing to be an in­tense week that’s for sure,” said Rus­sell. “The camp forms a mas­sive part of our prepa­ra­tions for Bu­da­pest and I know how ea­ger the play­ers are to get on the ice.

“Com­pe­ti­tion for places is al­ways very fierce and it will be no dif­fer­ent this time. The games against Lithua­nia will be good at the week­end to work on sys­tems and plays in a real sit­u­a­tion.

“I am sure they will be great games. We have had many bat­tles with Lithua­nia in re­cent years and they will be tough op­po­si­tion.”

Ex­cit­ing chal­lenge Pete Rus­sell is tak­ing on a role as man­ager of Both GB and Clan

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