Great Britain begin their men’s Olympic Qualifiers campaign this evening against China on home ice in Cardiff (8pm face-off).
It’s the first of three games in four days for Pete Russell’s side with matches to come against Serbia on Saturday and Romania on Sunday.
The group winners will progress to Final Qualifying in August 2024 – the final stage of qualifying before the 20Winter Olympics in Italy.
Four GB players will make their full international debuts against China tonight.
Cam Critchlow, Sean Norris, Cole Shudra and Brandon Whistle will all win their debut caps.
Robert Dowd will captain GB for the first time, while Liam Kirk joins Mark Richardson as an Alternate Captain.
GB beat China 10-0 in the last meeting which came at the 2005 at the World Championship Division I Group A match in Hungary
David Clarke, Mike Ellis and Matthew Myers all scored twice and there was a goal each for Leigh Jamieson, Marc Levers, Mark Richardson and Warren Tait. Netminder Stephen Murphy secured a 21-shot shutout.
Head-to-Head: Played 7. Won 4. Lost 3
1973 World Championship – Lost 1-7
1981 World Championship – Lost 2-12
1991 World Championship – Lost 5-6
1993 World Championship – Won 14-0
2001 World Championship – Won 12-1
2002 World Championship – Won 8-3
2005 World Championship – Won 10-0
Around the Rink
– Souvenir match programmes are on sale for only £4, packed full of information about the teams, famous GB photos, a tribute to Mike Hammond and much more.
– Great Britain merchandise is on sale in the bar area at concourse level. Checkout our store for a huge variety of GB clothing, gifts and goodies.
All six games are being shown live on a webcast with a full tournament pass costing only £40.
Games are also available on an individual basis. Click here to buy the webcast.