Conway eyes up the world

Scott Conway made his GB debut at the Winter Olympic qualifiers last week (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

New Great Britain star Scott Conway would love to be involved in the World Championships later this year – but admits other commitments may prevent him from taking part.

Conway is back at ECHL side Atlanta Gladiators, an affiliate of Providence Bruins in the AHL after his week in Nottingham, trying to help GB in their Winter Olympic qualifying campaign.

And the 24-year-old, who was born in Basingstoke, had a great time with Pete Russell and his team despite going out after losing the final game to Hungary on Sunday.

“I had a blast,” he said. “It was so much fun playing with a great group of guys and the team was good too.  It was definitely a plus and I can’t wait to be involved again, if given the chance.

Conway played alongside his cousin, Nottingham Panthers’ Brett Perlini (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

“It was also pretty special to be in the team along with my cousin, Brett (Perlini) too and to share it with your family members is pretty unique so it was great to be on the same team and even on the same line.

“There were great memories created and wonderful experiences and it was a great weekend from my point of view.

“Sadly we came up short against Hungary, but we’ll grow from this as a team.  The future is certainly hopeful for Great Britain and I’m excited to see what comes out of it.”

“I’d definitely love to play for GB in the World Championships this year, but that depends on the situation in Boston, with Providence and where we are in the play-offs.

“I’d love to take that route for sure and get the chance to test myself against the best of the best in the world and I’ll have some fun doing it if I’m out there.”

Conway was joint top scorer for GB, picking up three points along with Dallas Ehrhardt and even won the Player of the Tournament from the GB Supporters Club, beating Perlini to the award.

Conway (left) alongside fellow GB debutants Brendan Connolly and Travis Ehrhardt (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

It’s fair to say he impressed in the three games, that saw the Brits beat Romania and Estonia before the decisive loss to the Hungarians that ended their hopes of progressing to the final qualifying stage in August.

Scott admits he would love to play in the UK at a later stage in his career as he explained how he got himself involved with Pete Russell’s side.

He added: “Last year, I was unable to play for GB due to playing for my college team and I reached out and told them I would be eligible to play this year and more than interested to be involved. The coach replied to me and soon I was on board.

“I actually played in the UK for 12 years and my dad coached me growing up and learned a lot over there, but due to furthering my career, we moved to Canada when I was 12 and it all really started from there.

“I’d love to come back and play in the UK at some point in my career.  It’s always been in my back pocket to return, but I’m in no rush and we’ll see where my career takes me.

“I have family and relatives and playing in the UK is definitely on my radar for sure.”

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