Great Britain face Italy this evening at the Skydome in Coventry (7:30pm) in the first of four games in the UK as part of their preparations for next month’s World Championship in Slovakia.
It’s the first meeting between the two sides since last April’s famous game in Hungary in the World Championship Division I Group A.
GB won a thrilling encounter 4-3 and history shows that both sides were promoted to the top flight on a dramatic final day in Budapest.
Britain beat Italy 8-1 in their first-ever meeting at the European Championships in Davos in 1926, but GB’s stunning win in Budapest last year ended a 66-year period of Italian dominance.
The previous GB victory was as far back as the 1952 World Championships as they skated to a 7-3 win.
2018 WC Div 1A in Budapest, Hungary W 4-3 Perlini 2, Dowd, O’Connor
2016 Olympic Qualifiers in Cortina, Italy L 2-6 Tait, Clarke
2013 WC Div 1A in Budapest, Hungary L 1-5 Farmer
2009 WC Div 1B in Torun, Poland L 2-5 Shields, Dowd
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or call the box office on 02476 630693 (option 0). You will also be able to pay on the door but you are advised to arrive early.
Join Ed Kimberley and GB forward Colin Shields. The cost of the webcast is £10. Click here to purchase.
An official programme is on sale for £3 with a look at GB’s upcoming opposition in the next two weekends. Robert Farmer and Ben Bowns relive their memories of last year’s dramatic promotion, while there’s reflection on medals so far this year for GB Women, GB Under-20s and GB-U18 Women.
50-50, SHIRT OFF THE BACK AND CHUCK A PUCK
There’s your chance to win prizes with the 50-50, shirt of the back where you can pick the player of your choice and chuck a puck.
NIKE SHIRT AND NAME & NUMBERING
You can now personalise your Nike Great Britain shirt with a personalised name and number service with Mowbray Sports. The Nike shirts, on sale at £125, will be available to purchase at the Skydome. Click here for more details about names and numbers.
Great Britain Supporters’ Club will have a stall selling their latest GB merchandise and Cross Check Clothing will also be in the arena selling their unique brand of products.