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DUMFRIES TO HOST GB WOMENS TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:19

Ice Hockey UK are proud to announce they have been chosen to host the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship (Division 2A) in Dumfries, Scotland.

The tournament, which will run from 30th March to 5th April 2015, will be the fourth IIHF ice hockey competition to be held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

GB Women will come up against relegated Kazakhstan, Korea, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia, who were promoted form Division 2B.

Jim Anderson, IHUK's interim chairman, said: "It is fantastic news that the UK will be holding another World Championship tournament.

"We have a great relationship with Dumfries & Galloway Council and the team at Dumfries Ice Bowl - and we are thrilled to be going back there.

"It is a great venue and always delivers for World Championship tournaments."

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GB DESTINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:15

The venues have been decided for the 2015 IIHF World Championship tournaments and four of the five Great Britain national sides now know where they will be playing next season.

The IIHF and its members met at the Annual Congress on Friday, which was held during the top-flight World Championship in Minsk.

GB Men will travel to Eindhoven from 13th to 19th April 2015 in Division 1B. They will face Korea, who were relegated from Division 1A, Croatia, Lithuania, hosts Netherlands and promoted Estonia.

Ice Hockey UK will host the Women's Division 2A tournament in Dumfries from 30th March to 5th April 2015. GB will come up against relegated Kazakhstan, Korea, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia, who were promoted form Division 2B.

For GB Under-20s Men it's a trip to Tallinn from 7th to 13th December 2014 in Division 2A. The full group is hosts Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania and Korea, who were promoted from Division 2B.

GB U18s Men are also off to Tallinn and their Division 2A tournament will run from 22nd to 28th March 2015. The youngsters will come up against relegated Poland, Korea, Croatia, Netherlands and promoted hosts Estonia.

GB U18s Women will take part in Division 1 Qualification and will face Poland, China, Italy and Kazakhstan in the five-team group. No applicant came forward ahead of Congress, so this decision has been deferred until September.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:22
 
GB DEFEAT POLAND IN FINAL GAME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Saturday, 26 April 2014 17:31

A Colin Shields Hatrick in Great Britains final game of this years World Championships, saw them defeat newly promoted Poland 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. The game also saw Rob Dowd claim a goal as GB remained on-track to claim a medal from the tournament. Should Lithuania defeat Croatia in the days final game this evening, then GB would take home the Bronze medal.

A nervous opening 20 minutes saw the Poles outshoot GB by 12-4, but few of the shots troubled, Cardiff Devils new netminder, Ben Bowns in the Great Britain net. At the opposite end last seasons Devils Netminder, Kamil Kosowski was queitening the GB Forwards, but not the GB Supporters who sang non-stop from the first puck drop.

The second period saw Great Britain step up their game and with under 3 minutes gone they were one-up as Colin Shields pounced on a Rob Lachowicz  pass to fire past Kosowski. Five minutes later and GB Dominance was rewarded when Sheilds claimed his second of the night, again assisted by Lachowicz.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 April 2014 17:56
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IHUK APPOINT WHARTON CONSULTING TO UNDERTAKE REVIEW OF UK ICE HOCKEY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 19:07

Ice Hockey UK (IHUK) have appointed Wharton Consulting to undertake a structure and governance review of UK ice hockey.

IHUK have brought together all of the national ice hockey governing bodies; English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA), Scottish Ice Hockey-UK (SIH-UK), Ice Hockey Northern Ireland (IHNI) and the UK Elite League (EIHL).

This review is necessary as funders and key stakeholders, including organisations such as the International Ice Hockey Federation, British Olympic Association, UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland and UK Anti-Doping, state that good governance and clarity around structure are vital if an organisation wants to be supported or funded.

Clarity in terms of structure and governance of our sport would help develop and achieve objectives and open up better potential for funding for the sport in the future.

IHUK interim chairman, Jim Anderson, said: "All of the organisations have come together to approve this review of the sport's structure.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:22
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GB KEEP MEDAL HOPES ALIVE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:39

Great Britain will be playing for the chance of a Bronze medal on Saturday, when they face newly promoted Poland at the IIHF World Championships Div 1B in Vilnius, Lithuania.

A victory on Thursday against the Netherlands means that GB now have 6 points, with Croatia on 8 and Lithuania on 9. Champions Poland have 12 points and cannot be overtaken by Lithuania as they have a better head-to-head. If GB beat Poland on Saturday they then require Lithuania to defeat Poland in regulation time to claim a medal.

Thursday saw the Great Britain take control of their game against the Netherlands from the first puck drop. The game was just 33 seconds old when Colin Shields opened the GB account to stun their opposition. 28 seconds later it was 2-0 to Great Britain when David Clarke stole the puck off the Dutch D-Man, to turn and shoot the puck past Martjn Oosterwijk in the Netherlands goal to make it 2-0 with under a minute played.

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