Richard Hartmann and Andy Brown have been named as the new assistant coaches for Great Britain Under-18s.

Hartmann moves from his role with GB U20s and Brown comes across from his position with GB U16s, as the duo link up with current head coach Sean Easton.

David Hand, chairman of the GB Programme Board, said: “We believe Sean, Richard and Andy will make a great coaching trio for the under-18s.

“Both Richard and Andy are already in the GB set-up and by moving them across to the under-18s to work with Sean, we think we have a very strong trio of coaches.

“We have some fantastic talented youngsters and these three coaches are the right choice to take the programme forward.”

Brown said: “I’m delighted to be asked to move up and assist with the under-18s. I know Sean well and feel our coaching styles complimented each other well when we worked together in the England programme.

 “I’m obviously sad to leave the under-16s as I feel we had a strong coaching unit, but I know the structure we put in place will hugely benefit the next crop of young players to come through.” 

Hartmann said: “I’m very excited to work with Sean and Andy as part of the Great Britain Under-18s.

“I am really looking forward to make our team successful in the future.”

Work commitments mean that Martin Cingel and Simon Leach can no longer currently be part of the GB programme.

Ice Hockey UK would like to thank them both for their fantastic work with Great Britain’s junior players in recent years.