Coventry Blaze’s Russ Cowley says the GB squad are looking forward to renewing their rivalry with Poland this weekend.

GB and Poland meet at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Friday (7:30pm) and in Coventry’s Skydome on Saturday (1pm).

The two games are part of both sides’ preparations for their respective World Championship, with GB hosting their first men’s tournament for 25 years in Belfast later this month.

Cowley said: “Great Britain-Poland games are always very special and the rivalry is fantastic.

“We have a lot of respect for each other but the games are so intense. I am sure this year will be no different.

“It is great preparation for a World Championship tournament.”

Cowley will retire from hockey at the end of his season and he is hoping that will be in Belfast, if he is picked as part of coach Pete Russell’s final 23-man squad.

“This year’s tournament will be very special in Belfast and I hope to be involved,” Russell continued.

“It would be great if as many fans as possible can come roar us on this weekend and get across to Belfast for the World Championship.”

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 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 and ‘Ice Hockey Tickets’ or call 02476 630 693.