We are pleased to announce that Tom Watkins has made his final squad selection for the GB U20 Div 1B World Championships in Megeve, France in December and included is 18 year old Lions player Connor Glossop.
Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury spoke to nottinghamlions.co.uk about the rapid development in Connor's game.
"A lot of hard work has gone into Connor by the coaches of the Nottingham Junior Ice Hockey Club and that help, support and man management have put him on track for this fantastic opportunity. Connor is now in his third season with the Lions having been introduced at 15 years of age. He has started the season well and is currently the team's top point scorer."
"As a talented junior you go through the Conference and England pathway but the pinnacle is when you get to represent Great Britain at tournaments like the one next month. Selection to the National Team is a huge accolade for him and for the organisation. We are very proud with what he has achieved in such a short space of time having only been playing 5 years. Connor didn't start playing with the club until the age of 13 which is exceptional."
"During the tournament he will have the opportunity to play against high profile nations such as Japan, France, Slovenia, Ukraine and Poland."
Bradbury continued to speak about the forthcoming championships:- "When Connor goes to the World Championships its key that his fitness is just right and really looks after his body. The team will have a heavy schedule playing so many games in such a short space of time. At World Championships the team will be on the ice most days (even on days off), and players will have pre-game skates which most players won't be used to."
Connor is following in the footsteps of many former Nottingham Lions/Junior players including Marc Levers, Paul Moran, Tait brothers (Ashley/Warren) and more recently Messrs Lachowicz, Prince and Betteridge. Connor must continue making his mark in the NIHL pathway over the next couple of years. He skates with the Panthers twice a week which really pushes his game working with the likes of Clarkie, Lacho, Farmer and Matt Myers. The players will be able to pass on so much knowledge prior to and during the World Championships - I just hope he's got time to take it all in!"
"Still only a first year under 20 Connor must use his inclusion in the GB set up as a catalyst for bigger and better things. He must keep his feet firmly on the ground, be smart ensuring that he doesn't rush things, remaining patient and disciplined with his hockey development. We will do everything we can to assist Connor further during these exciting times."
Connor can next be seen in action on Sunday night as the Lions take on Hull Jets at the National Ice Centre at 7.30pm.