Knaggs gets World Cup call

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Milton Keynes youngster Eddie Knaggs will aim to bring more ice hockey gold to the city in March when he competes at the U18 World Junior Championship, after being selected to represent Great Britain in the tournament.

Defenseman Eddie, who plays for MK Thunder, is included in a 34 man squad that will fly to Estonia to contest division 2B at the competition from March 22-28.

Ice hockey gold came to Milton Keynes in December when MK Lightning’s Jordan Hedley, Jordan Cownie and Lewis Hook were part of the tournament-winning team at the U20 World Championships, earning promotion to division 1B.

Knaggs began his ice hockey career in Milton Keynes and moved back from Bracknell earlier this season to make the most of the coaching structure and career ladder offered by the newly-formed MK Ice Hockey Academy.

That career ladder has already seen Thunder player Knaggs skate in MK Lightning colours, earning a man of the match award in an English Challenge Cup game.

Nick Poole, head coach of the Academy said: “We are all very proud of Eddie for his well deserved selection for GB, it would be fantastic if he could emulate the U20 guys and bring back another medal, so we wish him and the GB U18’s every success.

“Eddie has worked incredibly hard both off the ice and on with Thunder and Lightning. He has been a key player in Thunder’s ever improving performances and has looked very assured every time he has iced for MKL.

“He is a great example of the opportunities that the Academy can provide for talented young players.”