Rod Stewart's son Liam named in GB ice hockey Worlds squad

Liam Stewart
Liam Stewart (left) has played for Great Britain at Under-20 level

The son of rock star Rod Stewart and ex-model Rachel Hunter has been named in Great Britain's ice hockey World Championship squad.

Liam Stewart is in new head coach Pete Russell's 23-man party for the tournament in Eindhoven next month.

The 20-year-old, who is one of six debut caps in the squad, plays for Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League in the United States.

London-born forward Stewart has represented Britain at Under-20 level.

Ahead of the world championship on 13 April, GB will play warm-up games against Poland at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on 9 April and at the Coventry Skydome the following night.

Stewart, at 6ft 1in, is five inches taller than his father. He is in his fourth season with the Chiefs, where he has been assistant captain for the last two years.

Rod Stewart with son Liam watching Scotland's football team at Hampden Park in 2001
Rod Stewart and son Liam watch Scotland's football team at Hampden Park in 2001

Russell has also awarded debut caps to Josh Batch (Cardiff Devils), Chris Blight (Dundee Stars), Jonathan Boxill (Nottingham Panthers), Matt Haywood (Braehead Clan) and Jack Prince (University of Alabama in Huntsville).

Sheffield Steelers' Mark Thomas replaces the injured Stevie Lee of Nottingham Panthers, while fellow defenceman Russell Cowley, of Coventry Blaze, has also been recalled.

Coventry captain Ashley Tait, who is the national team's all-time appearance holder with 102 caps, has not been selected, while Belfast Giants forward Craig Peacock is on the reserves list.

Russell said: "We have players returning with good international experience and we have some new blood coming into the fold as well, which is exciting. We have a good mix of speed, skill, power and grit."

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