Koulikov Added to GB U20 Coaching Team

Slava Koulikov has been appointed as assistant coach of Great Britain Under-20s.Β The 37-year-old has been in charge of EPL side Peterborough Phantoms since 2013 after previously being at Slough Jets as player-coach.

Koulikov led the Phantoms to the playoff title last season and was named as the EPL Coach of the Year.

As a player, Koulikov came through the Hull youth system and iced for the Stingrays and Basingstoke Bison in the EIHL.

GB U20s head coach, Tom Watkins, said: “I am delighted to have Koulikov on board with the under-20s.

“He is an excellent coach and a well-respected person and he led the Phantoms to a great playoff success last season.

“He will be a great fit to our coaching staff and will bring so much to the table.”

Koulikov said: “I am very pleased to have been given this chance.

“To be a part of the GB national team is a great honour.

“I hope I can help in bringing some silverware back to the UK and follow on from last year’s great success for the GB Under-20s.”

Meanwhile, Ian Kelly has been appointed as the under-20s equipment manager.

Kelly, who currently works with the Kirkcaldy Kestrels, also held a similar role at Fife Flyers.

Gabrielle McGraw has been named as team physio. Gabby travelled with the under-18s to Tallinn earlier this year.

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “These are three excellent appointments to the under-20 squad.

“I can only echo what Tom has said about Slava and he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.

“Ian and Gabby will boost the off-ice staff and they are two people highly respected in their fields of work.”