Five GMB Panthers in GB lineups to face Norway
Great Britain have named their squad for the upcoming international matches against Norway in Nottingham and Cardiff. Four Panthers are in line to face Norway in Nottingham, while Steve Lee will take to the ice in Cardiff. Top Panthers talent Ollie Betteridge, Robert Lachowicz, Robert Farmer and David Clarke will all be on the ice for a very strong GB squad who take on Norway at the National Ice Centre on Tuesday 1st November (7:30pm). They will then go head-to-head again the next evening in Cardiff’s Ice Arena Wales, on Wednesday 2nd November (7:30pm) where Steve Lee is in the GB team. David Clarke, upon being picked for the squad, spoke to Panthers Radio (with Xynomix) about how excited he was to be in the team. Listen to the interview in full by clicking on the tab to the right of the screen. GB have named 43 in their squad and it will be split into two rosters for the games against the 11th-ranked team in the world. Head coach, Peter Russell, said: "The first two games of the season for Team GB won't come much bigger or tougher than this. "It is great to be utilising the international break. This is a great beginning and hopefully something that grows to help push our national team forward and our future players forward. "It's a huge challenge but what fantastic experience it will be to play two games against Norway. "In the last 10 to 12 years they have come such a long way and are a country that, in many ways, we can learn a lot from in our quest to push to higher levels. "We have selected a mixed squad with returnees and players on the bubble. We are going to use this opportunity to give some of our country's youngest prospects a chance to experience hockey at the very highest level. "We will be able to see everyone in a very competitive environment, which is great and we are all looking forward to this experience. "I personally want to thank IHUK and the Elite League for working together to make this happen as I know it was no easy task, but for the national team program it's the right thing to do and long may it continue and develop further. "Thanks to Nottingham and Cardiff for hosting these games and we are fortunate to be playing in two great arenas and in front of many great supporters. "It's a huge job from contacting teams, players, hotels, flights, practise ice, buses, communication with team staff and schedules. He just makes it happen and this was a tough one to pull together."