The Nottingham Lions are proud to announce that no-fewer than eight members of the Nottingham Ice Hockey Club will be representing Great Britain in the forthcoming 2013 World University Winter Games in Trentino, Italy.
Defensemen Jack Baveystock, James Francis-Barrie and Cameron Good along with forwards Stephen Breisner and Christy Johnson-Brown have all been selected in the 20-man GB squad for the prestigious tournament, which is well-renowned for being second only to the Winter Olympic Games.
Whilst the Lions are heavily represented on the ice, they also dominate the coaching side of things, with Head Coach Matt Bradbury duplicating his Lions role, Lions Assistant Coach Simon Hopkins working as Team Manager, whilst Head Coach of Nottingham Ice Hockey Club Mike Urquhart also joins the staff as Assistant Coach.
Team GB will face formidable opposition in their opening group games, taking on three of the world’s top-ten ranked nations. Russia await on the 12th December before they encounter might of Slovakia and Czech Republic on the 14th and 16th respectively. The team will then play at least two more games to decide their final placing in the tournament.
The Opening Ceremony of the 26th Winter Universiade takes place on Wednesday 11th December, kicking off the start of eleven days of competition and in a further boost for the squad, team captain and Cardiff Devils forward Luke Piggott has also been selected to be Team GB’s Flag Bearer during the ceremony.
Simon Hopkins is clearly delighted that the Lions are so well represented in the squad but is under no illusions of the size of the challenge that awaits them in the Dolomites; saying,
“It’s an honour to be part of the GBR delegation for a third time at the Winter Universiade and we’re expecting that the level of competition in our first three games will be immense.”
“It’s great to see a number of Lions players in the team and I’m sure the experience playing at such a high level will help with their personal development, which the lads can then bring back to help us dominate our games in the Laidler Conference for the remainder of the season.”
Everyone at the Nottingham Lions would like to wish the boys good luck as they take part in what will be an experience of a lifetime.
You can keep up to date with how our boys are getting on by ‘liking’ the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) official Facebook page or by following their official Twitter feed. Highlights of all Team GB’s games will be also be shown across Europe via Eurosport and online via FISU.TV.