Great Britain ice hockey and Ice Hockey UK would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of former GB player Brent Pope who passed away this week.

Pope, who had moved back to North America, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and our thoughts go out to his wife Fegie Ann and their two young children.

The defenceman made his GB debut in the 2003 World Championship Division 1 Group B in Zagreb, Croatia, making five appearances.

He made three further appearances the following season in the Division 1 Group A tournament in Oslo, Norway.

Later, he covered Great Britain as a sports broadcaster.

Pope first came to play in the UK in 1996 with Cardiff Devils, before joining Nottingham Panthers for the 1999-2000 season.

After a return to the East Coast Hockey League in North America and a stint with London Knights in the UK, Pope returned to the Panthers for the 2001-02 campaign.

He then went on to play for Solihull MK Kings, Hull Stingrays, London Racers, Basingstoke Bison, Sheffield Scimitars, Romford Racers and Slough Jets.

After retiring from the game, he went on to have management and coaching roles with Cardiff Devils, before starting a career in sports broadcasting.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Brent.