Ice hockey: Pete Russell appointed Great Britain coach

Pete Russell
Pete Russell will take charge of his first tournament with Great Britain in April

Pete Russell has been named Great Britain men's ice hockey head coach.

The 40-year-old replaces Doug Christiansen, who resigned in June after 11 months in charge.

Ayr-born Russell is Great Britain's most successful junior coach, having won four gold, one silver and two bronze medals in 11 tournaments in charge of the U20s and U18s.

The former netminder also had spells as head coach of English Premier League sides Swindon Wildcats and Slough Jets.

Russell said: "This is the proudest moment of my hockey career and I am so thrilled to be the new head coach.

"This is a dream come true for me and I can't wait to get going. It's a new beginning for Great Britain Men and I will select my team - one to start a new era for GB."

Russell will be assisted by Tommy Watkins and Richard Hartmann and the trio's first tournament in charge will be April's World Championship - in Division 1B - in the Netherlands.

Watkins, head coach of Telford Tigers, told BBC Radio Shropshire: "I'm absolutely delighted, honoured and thrilled. I think any coach wants to represent his country, just like any player.

"It's a tough gig, any coaching job carries an air of expectation, but we will prepare as hard as we always do on a day-to-day basis.

"We're looking at the identity of the team, starting the scouting progress, looking at guys individually, looking to get a great team chemistry."

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