GB gold delights Dowd and Clarke

Rob Dowd is among many players who have gone abroad to play - but can they come back for a shortened Elite League season? (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

Robert Dowd says winning a World Championship gold medal with Great Britain is the finest moment of his career.

The Billingham-born star scored GB’s opening goal in their 4-0 victory over Japan which secured promotion to Division 1A.

“What can I say? This is fantastic – what a way to end the season,” said Dowd.

“I have high points in my career but winning the gold for my country might just take the biscuit for me.

“We are such a tightly-knit group and that saw us through the week. We were so unlucky the last two years and that really hurt us. It hurt, it really hurt and all summer it hurt.

“So to win it is going to make this summer so much sweeter.”

David Clarke believes a close team bond was a major factor behind GB’s success in Belfast.

“The Great Britain team spirit is always fantastic, but this year has been something else,” said Clarke.

“We all get on so well together and love each other’s company. We go out there and give everything we have for each other and it is so special to be a part of.

“We played so well and took it to Japan from the off. It was five brilliant performances this week and we just kept on going.

“This is a moment to cherish and one I will remember for a long time. It is one of the best moments of my career.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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