Great Britain Men’s Under-20s Head Coach Martin Grubb has named his squad for the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Kaunas.

GB will face hosts Lithuania, along with Croatia, Netherlands, Romania and Spain, in the six-team Division II Group A.

The tournament will take place at Kaunas Ice Palace and runs from 11th to 17th December.

Grubb said: “We have a very good group of players who all give us different options. We feel we have good skating ability, skill and speed, along with a good mix of youth and experience.

“The process to select the team has been thorough and the staff have watched games and video footage, as well as speaking to coaches throughout the leagues.

“When you go to these tournaments you need to make sure you have a group that can play different roles and cope with the demands of tournament hockey.

“We are happy with the balance within our group and their suitability to play in different situations.

“As with every team we pick, there are some very good players who have been unlucky to miss out, but that just shows the depth we have.

“Our long list is strong should we need to call anyone in to this team and I think we have also planned for the future with the names on the full squad.

“Thank you to all the players for their efforts and commitment to the programme and we are excited to get going with this team in Lithuania.”

Reserves – Netminders: Jude Ayling (Falls Spud Kings, USA), Ben Keddie (Blackburn Hawks/Kirkcaldy), Alex Oldale (Blackburn Hawks).
Defence: Kieran Chung (Connecticut RoughRiders, USA), Sam Cooper (Long Island Gulls, USA), Milique Martelly (MK Lightning), Bailey Perre (Leeds Knights), Billy Thorpe (Peterborough Phantoms).
Forwards: Ben Brown (Dundee Stars), Harry Corkum (Montreal Phoenix, Canada), Juha Lindgren (Bees IHC), Louie Newell (Sheffield Steeldogs), Cain Russell (Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, USA), Jake Watson (North Okanagan Knights, Canada).