Ice hockey’s golden boy

Craig Moore (centre) with team managers Alma Greger and Jim Anderson

Craig Moore (centre) with team managers Alma Greger and Jim Anderson

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A Glenrothes lad has won a gold medal playing ice hockey for Great Britain.

Craig Moore was named captain of the GB under 20 team that clinched gold at the World Championships Division 2A that took place in Estonia last week.

The 19-year-old former Glenrothes High School pupil is currently studying in the USA, where he plays junior ice hockey for the Ogden Mustangs, based in Utah.

“It was an unforgettable experience,” Craig explained.

“I could not have envisioned a better way to finish my last year at GB U20s.

“Coming into the camp in Finland I had not been on the ice with the team so I didn’t know what to expect.

“I knew from playing in this division at the U18 level that we could compete with the best, plus I knew some of the guys from previous years and had heard a lot of good things about some of the newer names, so I had a good feeling.

“I think it was after we beat both the Netherlands and Lithuania in our first two games, we all really started to believe that we could win gold.”

GB won all five games against Netherlands, Lithuania, Romania, Korea and Estonia to win promotion to World Championships Division 1B.

Moore was handed the captaincy after Matt Selby suffered a concussion and missed the second half of the tournament.

“Being able to represent your nation is the greatest honour I think an athlete can receive, and being named captain really added to the whole experience,” he said.

“Growing up I could never have imagined being awarded the ‘C’ for Great Britain.”