Fife Flyers forward Brendan Brooks will return to international hockey action at the end of the 2016/17 Elite Ice Hockey League campaign. This time however it will not be for his native Team Canada, instead Brooks will pull on the Team GB jersey as Pete Russell's side take on Poland on 14th April at Nottingham's National Ice Centre and and again on the 15th April this time at Coventry's Skydome Arena.
The news comes after Brooks' impressive EIHL campaign with Flyers which he has seen him tally 45 points (20 goals and 25 assists) in 46 games, a statistic that only tells you a small part about Brendan's performances. Throughout the season, Flyers fans have been quick to share Brooks is also one of the hardest working players on the ice each game.
Following today's announcement about his Team GB call-up Brooks said "My initial reaction was with a big smile and couldn't wait to contact my mom and grandparents about it."
"It is a very emotional thing for my grandparents and mom to see me represent there home country."
"I was informed with a call from Andy Buxton and followed by a call from Pete Russell."
"I wasn't sure if it (playing international hockey) was going to happen again."
"I was asked to play for Canada at the Deutschland Cup in 2011 but got injured and couldn't be a part of it. I had a call to play one more year at the Spengler Cup but my team I was playing for at the time had games during the same dates as the tournament and I wouldn't have been able to go. So I was starting to think it might never happen again."
Brooks has been announced in Team GB's initial 28 man squad, with head coach Pete Russell having to reduce his roster down to 23 for the World Championship tournament which is being held in Belfast from the 23rd to 29th April.
"My plan is definitely to be a part of the 23 man roster. I think it would be a huge honour to be on the squad and represent GB. I wouldn't be going if I wasn't serious about being on the team and help go for the gold".
To buy tickets for GB against Poland at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, visit the NIC box office in person, log on to the National Ice Centre website at www.motorpointarenanottingham.com or telephone 0843 373 3000.
To buy tickets for GB against Poland at the Skydome in Coventry, visit the Skydome box office in person, log on to www.planet-ice.co.uk/arena/Coventry and ‘Ice Hockey Tickets’ or call 02476 630 693.
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions