Great Britain’s Under-18 ice hockey team, coached by Edinburgh pair Tony Hand and Martin Cingel, have won gold in Division 2A of the World Championships, following a week long competition in Estonia.
Three teams had a chance of gold on the final day as the six-team, round-robin tournament went down to the wire. Team GB beat Korea 4-3 in their final game, and after Poland dropped a point in their overtime win over the hosts, GB clinched gold ahead of Lithuania in second.
Team GB lost the services of Edinburgh Capitals’ youngster Caly Robertson, who injured his shoulder in Tuesday’s 9-2 win over Australia, and GB assistant coach Cingel, who himself iced in more than 500 games for the Caps and is the current coach of the club’s Scottish National League side, said: “What a fantastic achievement by the players, coaches and off-ice staff. It went right down to the wire but sometimes you need a little bit of luck. We played good hockey all week, it was a great team effort and some players really jumped out with their performances.”
“Caly was playing really well before his injury but unfortunately injuries are part of hockey. He’s been to hospital to see about the ligaments in his shoulder and thankfully does not require surgery. He should be OK in around six weeks”