Shields humbled to become GB’s leading goalscorer

Tony Hand received an MBE in 2004, but should Colin Shields be considered for his service to ice hockey? (PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

Great Britain forward Colin Shields says he is humbled to become the national team’s leading goalscorer as he moved onto 41 goals, passing the previous record of 40 set by Tony Hand.

Shields scored a hat-trick on his home SSE Arena ice as GB beat Netherlands 14-0 to secure their fourth win in a row at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Belfast.

“It was a special moment that’s for sure and to do it here in Belfast was the icing on the cake,” said Shields.

“I feel humbled to pass the record set by Tony Hand. I have been aware of it for a couple of years now but have not dwelt on it.

“It was a great feeling when the puck went in as I had a few chances before it. I am very proud to become the all-time leading goalscorer.”

GB return to action on Saturday when they face Japan in a winner-takes-all encounter, with both sides on 12 points at the top of the group.

“I feel we have a had great tournament and it feels like we are peaking at the right time,” added Shields.

“Japan are a very good team and have had a fantastic tournament, but we are so focused.

“We can’t wait to get back on the ice against Japan and try to create some more history.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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