Nottingham Lions’ hot prospect Ollie Betteridge has been called up to the Great Britain Under 18s squad for the 2013 World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
The 16 year-old sharpshooter, who has notched up and impressive 15 goals and 18 assists in his first 12 games for the Lions has been selected by GB coach Mark Beggs to make the trip in just over two months time.
The tournament gets underway on 31st March when Great Britain take on on the hosts Estonia, closely followed by games against Hungary, Lithuania and Romania before ending the week-long competition on the 6th April against Croatia.
Lions head coach Matt Bradbury was delighted for the young forward, saying;
“Ollie has really done well for himself and for the team so far this season and representing your country is the pinnacle of any young players career. He is young, keen and every time he steps onto the ice he always gives his all. There’s no doubt he has huge potential but he still has a long way to go to be that complete player.”
“Competition will be fierce within the GB team as all players will want to impress and do well. Ollie now has to step his game up to international level as he will be competing against some of top nations in the world.”
“I’m sure he’ll really get his head down now with the Lions and get himself into top shape in preparation for the World Championships.”
Everyone at the Lions wishes Ollie all the best on his European adventure.
The full squad for the tournament can be viewed by clicking here.