Glasgow Clan forward Mac Howlett believes his Elite League experience this season will give him an advantage on international duty next week.
The 19-year-old flew out with the rest of Slava Koulikov’s Great Britain Men’s Under 20 side for the World Championship Division 2 Group A tournament, taking place in Estonian capital, Tallinn.
Howlett also reckons the achievement of the senior men’s team in reach the top tier of their World Championships can inspire the other age groups and teams.
“For me, having Elite League experience is a big help to me, playing against men and the experience they have.
“It means going back down to play at an age level, I think I’ll have an advantage with the speed of the game and it can play into the my hands.
“What the senior men’s team did last year certainly helps to motivate he guys in trying to get a medal and maybe, in three or four years, some of our guys might be playing in that team.
“We only play five games so that first one is important in setting the tone and getting those points is important.
“We got a bronze last year so naturally, aiming for the top prize this time goes without saying.”
GB’s Men’s Under 20’s campaign begins against Lithuania on Sunday from Tallinn, face off at 6pm with all games being shown live on FreeSports.