Darryl Morvan is to step back from his assistant coach role with Great Britain Under-18 Women.

Morvan, who recently had a successful treatment of chemotherapy, is standing down because of other health issues.

Everyone connected with GB and Ice Hockey UK would like to send our thoughts and best wishes to Darryl and we hope see him in a rink one day soon in the future.

Tony Hand, National Development Head Coach, said: “Darryl has been a fantastic coach in the GB Women’s set-up and a very popular person too.

“We are sad that he has had to step down. We send him our very best wishes and thank him for everything he has done for the programme.”

Morvan said: “Although my chemotherapy was successful, some other health issues have come up which mean I wouldn’t be able to give the commitment to the programme and, more importantly, the athletes that they deserve.

“Having worn the GB shirt as a young player myself – to then have the opportunity to fulfil a coaching role for GB as an adult has been without doubt the highlight of my coaching career.

“I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks firstly to Cheryl Smith for initially bringing me into the programme – and then to Tony Hand and the board for offering me the opportunity to continue in a coaching role after my treatment.

“And lastly, to the athletes and staff I’ve had the honour of working with over the past few years. It has been an absolute privilege to work with you all. You are all special people and I wish you every success moving forward.”