Elite League Team GB Prospects for 2022 Worlds

Scott Conway making his GB debut at the Winter Olympic qualifiers. (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

The GB Men’s senior side will begin their World Championship campaign on the 14th of May as they face Czechia.

With the Elite League season coming to an end who could expect a call-up for the prestigious competition?

Robert Dowd – Sheffield Steelers

The 33-year-old from Billingham has had an impressive season with the Steelers and may still be able to win the Elite League title.

Having iced 49 times and bagging himself 47 points he’s having an influential season for Sheffield.

He’s got a wealth of experience to bring to Peter Russell’s side having made his debut for the senior team in the 2008-2009 season.

This experience combined with his ability to score and assist will certainly have him on the radar for May.

Mark Richardson – Cardiff Devils

The veteran D-man is having another standout season for the Devils being a fan favourite.

He has chipped in with four goals and 14 assists from 50 appearances so far this season making him a threat from the blueline.

With a commanding presence and bags of experience with Team GB and 17 seasons in the Elite League it’s hard to see him not being present yet again.

Jackson Whistle – Belfast Giants

It’s been a hard season for Whistle being benched behind the superb Tyler Beskoworany, but he’s still put-up good numbers.

The man between the pipes has an impressive 1.98 GAA and 92% save percentage in 13 games this term.

Although Ben Bowns probably starts he does not play in the Elite League currently which is the requirement for this list.

Whistle may not start but he certainly has to go as he’s a more than capable backup to Bowns and could even prove himself as a starter, if he gets the nod from Russell.

Luke Ferrara – Coventry Blaze

The Peterborough born Winger is having a fantastic season for the Blaze, bagging himself 24 goals so far.

Combine this with his 21 assists and he has 45 points in 46 games this season.

However, he was only brought into the senior setup in 2017-2018 so is lacking experience when compared to others.

However, he’ll be eager to prove himself and continue his good league form going forwards.

Joshua Tetlow – Nottingham Panthers

A left-field option when compared to the others but standing at 6 foot 6 inches he’s an imposing blueliner.

At just 24 he’s made 49 appearances for Nottingham this season and iced seven times at the last Worlds for Team GB.

Josh Tetlow in action for the Panthers (Credit: Panthers Images)

He may not be a scoring machine bagging himself just the six points this season, but he doesn’t need to be.

His size and experience relative to his age will be a standout factor that could see him return to the GB setup this year.

Scott Conway – Belfast Giants

Another Giant who’s having an amazing season in his first full year in Britain, born in Basingstoke he’s one of the Elite League’s top points scorers.

He sits second for goals scored on 32, one behind teammate J.J. Piccinich on 33.

He also has 40 assists making for an impressive 72 point season so far in just the 50 games.

He’s only been called up for Team GB once making three appearances in Olympic Qualifiers scoring two and assiting one.

However, after a landmark season for him Russell should be paying very close attention to the potential league winner.

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