Left to Right: Harrison Walker, Jordan Griffin, Kieran Brown, Jacob Lutwyche
Three Bradford Bulldogs ice hockey players finished the year on a high, after helping the rest of their Great Britain U16 team mates win the IHUK U16s International tournament, at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
The GB team beat their last opponents, Spain, in an 11-1 victory. Previous victories were against the Netherlands, 10-5 and Belgium 13-2.
Harrison Walker (Net minder), Jacob Lutwyche (Forward) and Jordan Griffin (Defence)were selected for the team earlier in the year. Kieran Brown (Forward), from Bradford but currently playing for Iowa Wild in the USA, was also selected.
Head Coach of Bradford Bulldogs, Andy Brown, said “I was very proud when we had 4 players selected from Bradford and even more so, now the team has won the tournament.”
“They are hard workers and excellent players and Club will be fully behind them for their next international tournament in Madrid, at Easter”
Special Hockey International (SHI) is an annual tournament played between teams from Canada, the USA and Europe. It is, as the name suggests, a tournament with a difference as all teams consist of adults and children with Autism, or learning difficulties. It is a vibrant tournament which moves between the host nations. In March 2017, SHI will take place in Peterborough, Ontario, and will include teams from the UK.
Bulldogs player, Harry Clegg, has been invited to take part in SHI2017 as a member of the Special People on Ice (SPICE) Jets, Team ‘A’. SPICE will be sending 2 teams this year, with team ‘A’ being made up of U20, U18 and U15 players from around the country. Harry visited Slough earlier in the year, to take part in trials alongside potential teammates, in sessions with players from Slough, Basingstoke, and Oxford, amongst others. There are several training sessions between now and March, and Harry is looking forward to the challenge. Despite Slough’s rink being closed for refurbishment, the Jets are eagerly awaiting the opening of a temporary facility, which will allow the teams to continue training before they leave for Canada. Although the tournament schedule is still to be finalised, Harry will be facing teams from across Europe, the USA and Canada with players ranging in age from 20 -14. This is a big test for Harry, given the wide age group involved, but one which he is greatly looking forward to.