Owen Appointed GB Video Analyst Coach

Former Great Britain forward Greg Owen has been appointed as video analyst coach of GB Men.

The 33-year-old former Coventry Blaze and Basingstoke Bison forward had 41 caps for GB, before retiring in 2012-13.

Owen was appointed as assistant coach of the GB U20s this season and was part of the team who won gold in Tallinn in December.

He will link up with the men’s side for two games against Poland in Nottingham and Coventry – and the World Championship in Netherlands this month.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “I am delighted to have Greg join the coaching team.

“He has great experience at the highest level in UK and international level as a player. He also trained in North America and had a great hockey education.

“Greg will be my technical analyst and he is someone I will be working very closely with during games, pre-game and post-game.

“This role is vital to me and will make us a complete coaching unit. In Greg, we bring in a great guy, an honest guy and good hockey man.

“I loved working with Greg when he was with us at the Under-20 World Championship and now to have him at the seniors is brilliant.”

Greg Owen added: “I think I realise now, more than ever, how privileged it is to be asked to represent your country.

“When Peter asked me to be a part of his team, there really was only one appropriate response. However, wearing a suit instead of a jersey is still new to me.

“It became clear after working together with the 20s in Estonia that Peter and I can work well together and we see the game in a similar way.

“Peter has a vision for the next generation of the British game with an appetite to drive British hockey forward.

“I’m honoured that he considers what I have to contribute as valuable and relish the challenge of using what I know to hopefully give us some marginal gain.”

GB play Poland at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Thursday 9th April (7:30pm) and the two sides meet in the Skydome the following night (7:30pm).