Great Britain’s Men’s head coach Pete Russell revealed certain players just missed the cut – but believes his team have good depth.
Russell has named 27 players for the trip to Latvia next month, with one more name to come as squads are allowed to have 28 this year.
And he named two such players who will be on the plane for Riga if there are any withdrawals in the build-up to the competition.
“As with any Great Britain squad, the coaching staff had many difficult decisions to make concerning this year’s team,” Russell said.
“The squad has a good mixture of experience and fantastic young talent, but I do want to give a special mention to two players – Joe Hazeldine and Josh Waller – who just missed out.
“They are exciting prospects for the future and their day will come – and what I will say is that if anyone has to pull out, they will be on the plane.”
Notable absentees from the team that survived in that dramatic final day win over France in Slovakia two years ago include Mark Richardson and Stevie Lee, who have spent the season in Germany and Italy respectively.
While Robert Farmer, a hero for GB in the previous two tournaments for his country, hasn’t played since leaving DEL 2 side Lausitzer Fuchse in December.
However, there are five players who have been called up for a World Championship squad for the first time, David Clements, Jordan Hedley, Lewis Hook, Ciaran Long and Josh Tetlow while Sheffield Steelers’ Sam Jones is in a GB squad for the first time also.
Russell added there would be players who will be missed from those previous successful campaigns, but reiterated his thanks to the Elite League for the Elite Series tournament, which has allowed a number of players some crucial ice time in a season ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
He added: “A number of core GB players are unavailable for selection and we will miss those players for sure, but I still feel we have some great depth across our roster.
“Once again, this is the pinnacle of any player’s career and it will be a massive honour for them to step onto the ice against some of the best teams in the world.
“Much of this has been made possible by the Elite Series and I would like to thank the Elite League once again for their assistance and providing an opportunity for British players to get competitive hockey under their belt this season.”
GB are in Group A – based in the Olympic Sports Centre – where they will come up against Russia, Slovakia, Denmark, Belarus, Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland between 22nd May and 1st June.
GB roster (players listed by their Elite Series/NIHL Cup club or current club if playing in Europe)
Ben Bowns – Nottingham Panthers
Jordan Hedley – Coventry Blaze
Jackson Whistle – Nottingham Panthers
David Clements – Coventry Blaze
Dallas Ehrhardt – Manchester Storm
Mark Garside – Nottingham Panthers
Sam Jones – Sheffield Steelers
Evan Mosey – EHC Freiburg
Ben O’Connor – Sheffield Steeldogs
David Phillips – Sheffield Steelers
Josh Tetlow – Nottingham Panthers
Ollie Betteridge – Nottingham Panthers
Brendan Connolly – Sheffield Steelers
Ben Davies – Manchester Storm
Robert Dowd – Sheffield Steelers
Sam Duggan – Coventry Blaze
Luke Ferrara – Coventry Blaze
Mike Hammond – Coventry Blaze
Lewis Hook – Nottingham Panthers
Liam Kirk – Sheffield Steelers
Robert Lachowicz – Nottingham Panthers
Ben Lake – Manchester Storm
Ciaran Long – Manchester Storm
Matthew Myers – Sheffield Steelers
Brett Perlini – Nottingham Panthers
Jonathan Phillips – Sheffield Steelers
Ross Venus – Coventry Blaze