GB FORWARD MYERS REACHES 1,000 EIHL APPEARANCES

Great Britain forward Matthew Myers has become only the second player in Elite League history to reach 1,000 games.

Nottingham Panthers’ game at Dundee Stars this evening saw Myers reach the same milestone as his GB team-mate and friend, Sheffield Steelers captain Jonathan Phillips, who was the first back in 2019.

At this year’s World Championship in Latvia, Myers became only the fourth Great Britain player to reach 100 caps – matching another milestone by GB captain Phillips, as well as Ashley Tait and David Longstaff.

Many of his current and former team-mates, coaches and friends have paid tribute to him over the past few days.

Phillips told BBC Radio Nottingham this week: “Matthew is a true leader and a great player.

“He’s had a very special career and been successful for club and country. It’s no surprise he’s reached 1,000 games as he keeps himself in great shape and is dedicated to the sport.”

Great Britain assistant coach, Corey Neilson, told the Panthers website: “A thousand games – that’s amazing. Credit to you as a fantastic person. I am happy to call you a friend.

“You are a fantastic hockey player and a pleasure to coach. Good luck for the future.”

Ice Hockey UK General Secretary, Andy French, said: “What a remarkable achievement for Matthew Myers.

“Just like Jonathan Phillips before him, this is a fantastic achievement and one he should be very proud of.

“Congratulations Matthew – you are a credit to your country.”

Photo credit: Dean Woolley.