This weekend Team GB men's ice hockey team begin their World Championship campaign in Belfast as they take on Croatia (Sunday 23rd), Estonia (Monday 24th), Lithuania (Wednesday 26th), Netherlands (Friday 28th) and Japan (Saturday 29th) at the SSE Belfast Arena.
Fife Flyers forward Brendan Brooks starred in Team GB's warm-up games against Poland, last weekend in Nottingham and Coventry, with each team registering a win.
Following his debut weekend with Team GB Brooks spoke about the squad's expectations going into the World Championships. "It was a great experience to put on the Great Britain jersey for the first time.”
"It has been a while since I was in a game so I feel it was very important to have those games in order to prepare for the upcoming championship games."
Brooks admitted that there is a difference between club hockey and international hockey, but it was something he relished.
"In international hockey the level of play is a lot faster. You have some of the best players from the country on the same ice."
Belfast's SSE Arena hosts the 1B World Championships for the first time and with a large support expected to back Pete Russell's side, Brooks knows that everyone is aiming to deliver Gold.
"We have a hard week of preparation ahead of us for these championships. Working on team systems and making sure, as individuals, we are ready and in top form for the upcoming games."
"The team expectations, with the talent and personnel we have, is to win the gold.”
"We’re all working towards the same goal. Whatever it takes for the country to make sure we play our best and give ourselves the opportunity to win."
Ben Bowns - Cardiff Devils
Stephen Murphy - Belfast Giants
Thomas Murdy - Cardiff Devils (reserve)
Mark Garside - Belfast Giants
Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers
Ben O’Connor - Sheffield Steelers
David Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils
Paul Swindlehurst - Manchester Storm
Jonathan Weaver - Telford Tigers
Brendan Brooks - Fife Flyers
David Clarke - Nottingham Panthers
Russell Cowley - Coventry Blaze
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers
Sam Duggan - Orebro (Sweden)
Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers
Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers
Evan Mosey - Rockford Ice Hogs (USA)
Matthew Myers - Cardiff Devils
Craig Peacock - Braehead Clan
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Colin Shields - Belfast Giants
Liam Stewart - Coventry Blaze
The ’World Championship Pass’ gives you access to all 15 of the 2017 World Championship games from Sunday 23rd April until Saturday 29th April at The SSE Arena, Belfast.
World Championship Pass – (15 Games)
Adult – £70
Concession (Over 65s & Students – with a valid ID) – £55
Kids (Aged 16 & Under – with a valid ID) – £40
Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids – with a valid ID) – £180
The ‘Day Pass’ is available for each day of the 2017 World Championship – you will be able to watch the three games that will take place on the day you choose for your ‘Day Pass’.
Day Pass (3 Games)
Adult – £16
Concession (Over 65s & Students – with a valid ID) – £11
Kids (Aged 16 & Under – with a valid ID) – £9
Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids – with a valid ID) – £44
The ‘Final Weekend Pass’ offers a discount for those fans who can only attend the two closing days of the 2017 World Championship on Friday 28th April and Saturday 29th April.
Final Weekend Pass – Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April (6 Games)
Adult – £30
Concession (Over 65s & Students – with a valid ID) – £20
Kids (Aged 16 & Under – with a valid ID) – £15
Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids – with a valid ID) – £75
Team GB are the host nation and will be joined by Japan, Netherlands, Lithuania, Croatia and Estonia for a festival of ice-hockey in Belfast as the 6 nations will play 15 games for Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as going all out for promotion and fighting against relegation. The full schedule for the tournament can be viewed by clicking here.
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions