SPECIAL CAPS FOR RICHARDSON & O’CONNOR

There were two special presentations ahead of Great Britain’s game with Poland today at the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Budapest.

Cardiff Devils defenceman Mark Richardson received a special 75th cap, while Sheffield Steelers blueliner Ben O’Connor was awarded his 50th cap.

Richardson is only the ninth player in history to reach 75 caps and O’Connor becomes the 24th to reach 50 caps.

A short ceremony took place in the dressing room before the game, with some words from GB general manager Andy Buxton and IHUK general secretary Andy French was on hand to present the caps.

Richardson said: “Pulling on the GB jersey is always very special, so to reach a milestone such as this is a massive honour.

“I have so much pride playing for my country and it was lovely to be recognised in this way.”

O’Connor said: “Everyone gets excited to play for your country and I am no different.

“It is a massive honour to wear the shirt and I am so proud to have reached 50 caps.”