Farms, Lacho, Clarkey and Ollie take on Norway tonight

Farms, Lacho, Clarkey and Ollie take on Norway tonight

Tonight sees the return of international ice hockey to Nottingham. The highest ranked team to grace British shores in years, Norway, the world number 11, take on a GB squad which features a strong contingent of GMB Panthers. Robert Farmer, Ollie Betteridge, David Clarke and Robert Lachowicz will all be present tomorrow night as GB continue their preparation for the World Championships. Captain Jonathan Phillips says the future of Great Britain is in safe hands with a number of exciting youngsters coming through the programme. “In the past we haven’t had much time together as a squad,” said Phillips. “This means it’s tough to see the younger kids coming through. “This is a great opportunity for the younger guys to get their foot in the door to show what they can do. “We have some exciting young British players, so it will be great to see them in an international game.” And with a clutch of senior GB players closing in on retirement before the end of the decade, Phillips believes it’s important the youngsters are given their chance. “There’s a few of us who have age creeping up on us,” continued Phillips. “At some point there will have to be a time when the young kids come in. “This is definitely the time for them to show everyone what they can do.” The UK will host this season’s World Championship (Division 1B) in Belfast’s SSE Arena in April and in addition to the two Norway games, GB will face Poland twice next year after the conclusion of the Elite League season. “For us to keep improving as a hockey nation we need to keep playing these teams,” said Phillips. “It is fantastic to play Norway in particular, who are such a good side." GB have brought together an impressive collection of talent from across the UK for this matchup however the highly rated Norwegians, even without their NHL'ers, have still assembled a top level team. They have a wealth of experience with 11 players playing in the top leagues of Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. So why not head to the National Ice Centre for a 7:30 faceoff in what should be a very competitve matchup as GB test their mettle against some of the best in the world. There will be tickets available on the door but to avoid queues and ensure you get the best seat possible, you can also call 0843 373 3000 to book, visit the box office open now until face-off or book on line by clicking the link: www.motorpointarenanottingham.com/online/Panthers