It’s been 25 years since Great Britain last appeared at the World Championship, but a recent focus on homegrown talent has led to back-to-back promotions and a spot against the world’s best again this spring.
Britain isn’t a “hockey nation,” with just more than 10,000 registered players among a population of 66 million and no household name within the wider hockey community. The U.K. does not yet have its equivalent to Slovenia’s Anze Kopitar.
The fan base is passionate, however, and participation numbers continue to slowly increase – up around 3,500 over the past five years – while 19-year-old winger Liam Kirk gained attention on both sides of the Atlantic last summer when he became just the third player born-and-trained in Great Britain to be drafted, selected in the seventh round (189...
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