Grubb Names U18’s Captain and Alternates

Great Britain Under 18 head coach Martin Grubb has named his captains ahead of the World Championship in Tallinn, which begins on Sunday.

The GB youngsters have arrived in Finland for their training camp and take on a young Helsinki side this evening as part of the preparations.

Luc Johnson will captain the side, with Josh Grieveson and Sam Duggan as assistants.

Grubb said: “Luc Johnson was the natural choice as captain. Since he scored the goal to keep us in this pool last season, he has been a major part of our team.

“He is his club and Conference captain and he is someone that has an infectious personality and will do a great job.

“Josh and Sam are both natural leaders and players who show great pride in everything they do and both have huge experience and that will be vital to us.

“The boys respect them both and, along with Luc, they will lead this team well.”

Luc Johnson said: “I’m very honoured to be the captain of this team and I really hope I can lead the boys, both on and off the ice, and we return victorious.

“I was lucky enough to experience a World Championship last year and this makes it extra special.”

Sam Duggan said: “To be named an assistant captain is something I am very proud of.

“Hopefully I can lead by example and me and the boys can replicate the gold medal we achieved with the 20s.”

Josh Grieveson said: “It is a huge honour to represent your country and it is extra special to be an assistant captain.

“I will do whatever i can to help the team.”

Grubb has also named Glenn Billing as the team’s vice-captain and the coach said: “Glenn is a player who leads by example and someone I wanted in our captains’ group.

“After we seen what happened to Matt Selby in December with his injury, we thought it was smart to add Glenn in a leadership role.

“He has improved hugely this year and will be another key player.

“I am proud of these players and trust them to lead the team. Their clubs and families should be proud of what they have achieved.”

Billing added: “It’s an honour and a privilege to represent my country and I am very proud to be named vice-captain.

“I will be helping lead the team and doing everything I can to be a leader both on and off the ice, so we can achieve greatness.”

After tonight’s game in Helsinki, GB move onto Tallinn with their first game in the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament against Korea on Sunday.