Team GB U20 call for teenage ice hockey star

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Just a week after signing for MK Lightning, ice hockey star Jordan Hedley is celebrating another huge landmark in his career having been called up to Great Britain’s U20 squad for the World Championships.

Hedley, who will celebrate his 17th birthday in August, has already seen significant international action, having represented England at every stage from U13 to U16.

He first attended a Team GB U18 training camp two years ago and was hoping to be selected to compete at that age level.

But before taken to the ice for the U18 side, the talented young netminder will have the opportunity to play for the U20s at this year’s World Championships in Scotland after impressing coach Pete Russell at recent team trials with the sort of form that saw Lightning head coach Nick Poole last week sign him up for the new English Premier League campaign starting in September.

“It’s been an amazing time,” he said. “I’m really happy to have signed a contract with Lightning, but to be picked for the U20s as well is amazing.

“I thought that I might have been asked to train with them, so to be picked is fantastic. I’m really looking forward to going to the World Championships and showing what I can do.”

Hedley will be part of the U20 roster to represent Great Britain in Division 1B at the World Championships at the Dumfries Ice Bowl from 9 - 15 December, taking on France, Italy, Japan, Khazakstan and the Ukraine.

Prior to that, the team will travel to Lithuania to compete in a challenge tournament in August.