Great Britain and Italy go head-to-head at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham this evening with promotion to the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Czechia on the line (7:30pm face-off).
Britain need a point for promotion and two points will secure the gold medal, while a regulation-time win for Italy will see them go up to the top level instead of GB.
Poland, with three wins and overtime defeat in their four matches so far, are strong favourites for promotion but the scenarios will change if they are beaten by relegation-threatened Romania.
Tickets – final day is approaching a sell-0ut
The final day of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A is approaching a sell-out and you are urged to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
12:30 – Poland v Romania
16:00 – Lithuania v Korea
19:30 – Italy v Great Britain
Have a photo with the Stanley Cup
One of sport’s most iconic trophies arrived in Nottingham last night and you have a unique chance to have your photograph with the Stanley Cup.
Anyone in possession of a tournament pass or gameday ticket today will have the privilege of being able to take their own photo with the Stanley Cup in the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.
Ice Hockey UK would like to thank Mark Nelson and Ice Tech for their amazing support in bringing the Stanley Cup back to the UK.
Great Britain have no major injury concerns so Head Coach Pete Russell will ice his full 22-player roster.
It’s sure to be an emotional night for captain Jonathan Phillips who plays his final game as a professional hockey player as he wins his 116th cap for the national team.
Great Britain Head-to-Head v Italy
1926 European Championship – Won 8-1
1934 World Championship – Won 4-1
1948 Olympic Games – Won 14-7
1952 World Championship – Won 7-3
1953 World Championship – Lost 2-3
1961 World Championship – Drew 3-3
1977 World Championship – Lost 1-15
1979 World Championship – Lost 0-12
1994 World Championship – Lost 2-10
2003 World Championship – Lost 2-4
2009 World Championship – Lost 2-5 2
2013 World Championship – Lost 1-5
2016 Olympic Qualifiers – Lost 2-6
2018 World Championship – Won 4-3
Watch live on Viaplay Xtra
You can also watch the game live on Viaplay Xtra with Aaron Murphy and former GB player Paul Adey.
Viaplay Xtra is available on Sky channel 420 and Virgin 553.