STENTON NAMED CAPTAIN OF GB UNDER-20S

Liam Stenton has been named captain of Great Britain Under-20s for the World Championship which gets under way in Brasov on Monday.

The 19-year-old has five GB U20 caps to his name – winning the silver medal in Vilnius in January 2020 – while he’s also represented the under-18s five times.

GB will face hosts Romania along with Italy, Korea, Lithuania and Spain in the six-team Division II Group A from 13th to 19th December.

Stenton said: “It’s a really big honour for me being captain, even being selected for the team is a massive honour.

“Being named as captain really means a lot to me. It means the coaches and staff feel I am a good leader.

“I like to lead by example and will work hard and do the right things.”

Solway-born Stenton is currently on a two-way deal between the Sharks and EIHL side Glasgow Clan.

He won the league title with Solway’s SNL side in 2019-20, while also tasted success with the Nottingham Panthers in last season’s Elite Series.

GB U20s assistant coach, Dayle Keen, said: “Liam was a player that we identified early on as a potential leader.

“Throughout the identification camps and also the training camps, he carried himself in a positive and professional manner that radiated through the team.

“Stents is one of the hardest-working players on and off the ice that we have seen and also holds great rapport with both the players and the staff.

“It’s an unbelievable honour and privilege to captain your country and we as a coaching staff feel very comfortable having Liam leading our squad here in Romania.”

The coaching team will name the assistant captains after this week’s warm-up games, which starts with a match against Lithuania U20s this evening.