Great Britain Under-20s will face Nottingham Lions in November, as part of their preparations for the U20 World Championship (Division 2A) in Tallinn.

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The match against the NIHL Laidler Conference side will take place in the Olympic Rink at the National Ice Centre on Tuesday 4th November 2014, facing off at 7:30pm. GB will come up against hosts Estonia, as well as Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania, in the six-team IIHF tournament from 7th to 13th December 2014.

U20s head coach, Pete Russell, said: "This will be a vital part of our preparations for the Worlds in Estonia.

"We have the usual camps ahead of a tournament but it is also important for us to get match practice.

"I would like to thank the Lions organisation for agreeing to play us and I hope as many people as possible will come out to support us in Nottingham."

Nottingham Lions head coach, Matt Bradbury, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to assist and aid the GB Under-20s with their preparations for the World Championship.

"When Andy French contacted us, we obviously jumped at the chance to be able to put this game on as a showcase for hockey fans in Nottingham and the whole of the East Midlands.

"With us having so many Conference and England players here at the Nottingham junior club, it will be great for our young players to be able to come down to the National Ice Centre and see what it takes to be able to represent the GB set up.

"I hope that this is something that all the kids in Nottingham and across the country aspire to do."

All tickets are priced at just £3 and can be purchased from the NIC box office on the night of the game, with all proceeds going to the Lions' 2014-15 charity partner Special Olympics Nottinghamshire.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Press Liaison Officer