Great Britain Under-18s head coach Martin Grubb says early assessment of players is vital as the coaching staff begin the process of selecting a squad for their 2017 World Championship.
GB U18s seem set to travel to Korea next April for the Division 2A World Championship tournament, with the decision expected to be ratified at the IIHF Semi-Congress next month.
If approved, the tournament will run alongside the Women’s Division 2A tournament which will involve GB Women, and will be used by Korea as a dummy-run ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The GB youngsters underwent a camp at Ice Sheffield at the weekend with on and off-ice training.
Grubb said: “I was pleased with how the camp went and it is always important to have an early camp at under-18 level.
“This means we can see the players who are heading overseas, alongside our UK-based guys.
“The players worked hard both on and off the ice and we were able to evaluate them in both a practice and scrimmage environment.
“It is important for us to be able to assess the group we have and then see what we need to build this team.
“Everyone did well and we now have to make some decisions going forward to our October and December camps.”