Forward Jonathan Phillips was presented with a special memento to mark his 50th game as Great Britain captain ahead of this afternoon’s game with France in the World Championship.

The 36-year-old, who made his GB debut in 2003, was appointed captain for the Olympic qualifiers in the 2008-09 season.

His first World Championship as captain was the 2012 Division I Group A in Ljubljana, Slovenia and he has remained in the role ever since.

Phillips has since won two silver medals in Netherlands and Croatia, followed by the back-to-back golds and promotion in Belfast and Hungary.

Ice Hockey UK general secretary Andy French made the presentation, while GB general manager Andy Buxton made a short speech in the dressing room.

Phillips said: “It was a nice touch to have the presentation in the dressing room.

“It is a massive honour to lead this fantastic group of guys and it has been fantastic to do the job as captain.

“We have a group of leaders in the room. Everyone gives their all for each other and does what it takes.

“I am proud to have been in charge of this team for 50 games and everyone is focused on a massive day for GB ice hockey.”