Team Great Britain’s men’s ice hockey team have won 4-0 over the top seeded country, Japan, to secure promotion to the World Championship Division 1A. It’s their first promotion since 1993. They ended the competition unbeaten and played in a group with Japan, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, and the Netherlands.
Head coach Peter Russell said:
This is the biggest moment of my career and it is a fantastic feeling.
Ben O’Connor and Colin Shields of team GB were chosen as the best defenceman and forward of the tournament. Yutaka Fukufuji, of Japan was the tournament’s best netminder. Russ Cowley, ex-player for Coventry Blaze and Cardiff Devils, announced this would be his final season as a professional after sixteen season and over 900 games – and he signed off with a gold medal for GB.
I’ve had so many successes as a player, this ranks up there with the best nights of my career. Tonight is the icing on the cake, it was our best performance of the week by far and to win here with a big home crowd was special.
Congratulations to team Great Britain on your promotion and best of luck next year in the second tier of the World Championships!