GB call-up for young Kestrels forward

Chad Smith , Kirkcaldy Kestrels and GB U18s
Chad Smith , Kirkcaldy Kestrels and GB U18s
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A young ice hockey player from Glenrothes has been called up to the Great Britain Under 18s side for the upcoming World Championship in Romania.

Chad Smith, a 17-year-old forward currently playing with Kirkcaldy Kestrels in the Scottish National League, has been promoted from the reserve list to the full squad, replacing Owen Bradshaw.

Solway Sharks defenceman Stuart Kerr also replaces Bradley Jenion as head coach Martin Grubb, also from Kirkcaldy, makes two changes to
the roster.

Grubb said: “It is always tough to lose players from the original team, but we did have such a depth this this year.

“We are comfortable with bringing in both Stuart and Chad and they were very unlucky not to have made the original
line-up.

“We always said that reserves would need to be ready.

“Both players took the feedback on-board after the December camp and we were very impressed with them in our recent camp and game against Coventry.

“They both fit into the group very well and that is important. They are both delighted to be included and we are happy to have them.”

The GB youngsters travel to Brasov for their Division 2A World Championship tournament from April 4 to 10.

They will come up against hosts Romania and also go head-to-head with Croatia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Poland.