Wilkinson impressed by standard of U16 hopefuls

Great Britain U16 Head Coach Robert Wilkinson says he was impressed by the standard of players at the recent camp in Nottingham.

Trials for this year’s squad were held at the National Ice Centre and there were on-ice and off-ice sessions over the two days for the 41 players in attendance.

Wilkinson said: “The standard at the camp was very, very high and all the coaches were impressed with what we saw.

“Players looked strong all over the ice and in all positions, leaving us with a lot to think about, but that is a good thing.”

The camp began with national talent development officer, Mark Beggs, explaining what was expected from the players and the future for the team.

Team manager Shirley Bliss said: “Parents were then invited in for a chat, while team physio Kate Cady went through testing procedures and how we will be monitoring the players throughout the season.

“Rob and I also led a question-and-answer session.”

The players then took to the ice with the U16 coaches, which included Sean Easton and netminder coach Nathan Craze.

Testing began the following day and this included weighing, measuring, testing flexibility, leap test, running test and then a yo-yo test.

“We had another off-ice session which involved bear crawls and squats,” added Bliss.

“The players will get a copy of their tests for future reference. There were also two more on-ice sessions.”

The late-night session saw the coaching staff joined by Great Britain and Nottingham Panthers ‘D’ man Stevie Lee, as well as Scott McKenzie and Euan King.

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