Dundee Stars forward Jordan Cownie says his game has grown massively after being selected for the men’s senior Great Britain national team.
GB will take on KHL side Dinamo Riga in Coventry’s Skydome next month as part of their preparations for the top pool of the World Championships in Slovakia, taking place in June.
And Cownie, named as part of a 26-man squad, revealed being involved in the national set-up was on his list of things to aim for this season.
“It’s huge to be called up and at the start of the year, I sat down and set some personal goals and being involved with the GB team was one of them,” he said.
“To be given the chance at the first opportunity in the game against Riga is a big one for me and great news as well.
“GB being in the top pool of the World Championships is massive for the country and every British guy wants to be part of that this year.
“I was called up before and I was still playing in the old EPL with Milton Keynes Lightning so since then, I’ve made the step up to the Elite League and become an impact player.
“I feel my game has grown massively since then so I’m definitely feeling confident going forward.
“I worked under Pete for two years at MK and he knows I can bring to the team and it’s a massive chance for me to impress and try and get on the plane.”
GB’s game with Dinamo Riga will take place on Wednesday 6th February at the Skydome in Coventry, face off 7.30pm.
The squad in full:
Ben Bowns – Cardiff Devils
Jackson Whistle – Sheffield Steelers
Tim Billingsley – Nottingham Panthers
Dallas Ehrhardt – Manchester Storm
Mark Garside – Belfast Giants
Steve Lee – Nottingham Panthers
Evan Mosey- Cardiff Devils
Ben O’Connor – Sheffield Steelers
David Phillips – Sheffield Steelers
Mark Richardson – Cardiff Devils
Zach Sullivan – Glasgow Clan
Paul Swindlehurst – Belfast Giants
Ollie Betteridge – Nottingham Panthers
Jordan Cownie – Dundee Stars
Ben Davies – Guildford Flames
Robert Dowd – Sheffield Steelers
Robert Farmer – Nottingham Panthers
Luke Ferrara – Coventry Blaze
Mike Hammond – Manchester Storm
Lewis Hook – Belfast Giants
Robert Lachowicz – Nottingham Panthers
Ben Lake – Coventry Blaze
Ciaran Long – Manchester Storm
Matthew Myers – Cardiff Devils
Brett Perlini – Nottingham Panthers
Jonathan Phillips – Sheffield Steelers