150TH CAP FOR GB EQUIPMENT MANAGER TAFF

Great Britain equipment manager Jason Ellery – know across the ice hockey world as Taff – was presented with his 150th cap in a special ceremony ahead of the opening game of the World Championship against Russia.

Taff’s first trip in the GB set-up was in 1996 in Poland and he’s only missed two tournaments since in a career spanning four decades with the national side.

The ceremony took place in the Great Britain dressing room and was led by General Manager Andy Buxton and Ice Hockey UK General Secretary Andy French, who introduced Taff to the GB set-up.

“Taff is the cornerstone of the GB dressing room,” said French. “There is nothing he would not do for anyone and he’s always the first one at the rink and the last one to leave.

“He is such a popular member of staff and the dressing room is a better place with Taff in it.”

Ellery said: “I am really honoured to reach 150 games working with Great Britain.

“I love the job that I do and it is an absolute pleasure to work with such a great group of people year after year.”

There was also a special 50th-cap presentation for netminder Ben Bowns and debut caps for David Clements, Lewis Hook and Josh Tetlow. Click here to read more.