Sam Oakford: From photocopying to GB ice hockey

Sam Oakford
Sam Oakford is one of six Nottingham Panthers players in the GB squad

Nottingham Panthers defenceman Sam Oakford has gone from being a photocopying tea boy to making his Great Britain debut on Thursday.

Oakford, 25, was chosen for the Olympic pre-qualifier against the Netherlands.

"Two, three years ago I was sat in an office doing photocopying and making teas for people," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I wasn't too sure that I'd get to represent a great club like Nottingham, let alone be in the national team."

Oakford, who played for Bracknall before joining Panthers in 2014, added: "For me to come here, it's just an amazing experience and I can't wait."