Doctor Matt Robbins has been confirmed as Ice Hockey UK’s Chief Medical Officer.

After starting work in the Elite League with Coventry Blaze in the 2003-04 season, Robbins first linked-up with Great Britain Men in 2007.

He now has responsibility across all of the GB programme – men and women – at all age groups, as well as working closely with UKAD.

Robbins is one of the IIHF’s doctors and worked as part of the medical staff at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, which took place over Christmas and new year.

He continues to work closely with the Elite League and supported their five-week Elite Series – including designing the testing strategy – where there were no confirmed cases of the covid-19 virus.

“I am thrilled to have the role officially formalised,” said Robbins. “It brings us in line with other sports and hockey nations – and demonstrates IHUK’s commitment to strengthening our governance processes.

“I am very proud to work for my country and the governing body – and look forward to working closely with everyone going forward.”

Andy French, Ice Hockey UK General Secretary, said: “I have known Matt for a long time and his expertise is vital to IHUK and the GB programme.

“Whether it be with our GB teams, at a tournament we host here in the UK, or linking-up with the IIHF, the Doc is outstanding in his field of work.

“There is so much to this important role, whether it be working with players and off-ice teams or working with UKAD. Matt is a vital part of our programme.”

Pictured above: GB forward Robert Dowd and Chief Medical Officer Matt Robbins.