Grubb picks GB U20s captaincy team

GB U20s captain Tyler Cooper, flanked by assistants Sam Russell and Jordan Buesa (PHOTO: Courtesy of Ice Hockey UK)

Great Britain Men’s Under-20s coach Martin Grubb reckons his captaincy team will command the respect of their dressing room as they begin their World Championship campaign.

The team are in Vilnius, Lithuania and will be captained by Northeast Generals forward Tyler Cooper, with MK Lightning defenceman Sam Cooper and Fife Flyers forward Jordan Buesa in as assistants.

And Grubb revealed it was a hard decision in picking the men he would lean on when they begin their Division II Group A schedule against Japan on Monday morning at 10am, UK time.

“The coaching staff think we have appointed a tremendous leadership team,” Grubb said.  “There’s plenty of leadership across this team and it wasn’t easy just to pick three players for the roles.

“However, these players will command the respect of the dressing room and we think they are the right fit for this roster.

“We have had excellent preparation in the past few days and the boys are excited to get under way for real.”

GB will also face hosts Lithuania, Romania, Spain and Serbia, with all games being screened live all week on FreeSports, where commentary will be led by Aaron Murphy and former GB forward Paul Adey.

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