Ice Hockey - Davies desperate for GB Olympic qualifiers call-up

Matty Davies insists he won't be put off if he doesn't make the final cut for the British ice hockey squad for next month's final Olympic qualification tournament in Riga.

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Great Britain's ice hockey team celebrate (Imago)

Davies earned selection on Britain's 32-man preliminary squad after impressing for the Hull Stingrays in the Elite League in the aftermath of the Olympic pre-qualification tournament in November.

The 22-year-old forward has three goals and 27 assists from 35 games so far this season and will meet up with the British squad for a two-day training in Manchester on Monday.

Head coach Tony Hand will then name his final 22 with Britain set to play a warm up game against an Import Select side in Sheffield on February 5 before flying to Riga.

There they will face host nation Latvia on February 7 and then France and Kazakhstan with only the winner of the four-team group qualifying for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Britain haven't qualified for the Games since St Moritz 1948 however Davies isn't getting carried away with his call-up, adamant whatever happens it won't be the last time he joins up with team.

"I was surprised [to get the call-up] but it was a nice surprise," said Davies. "The team did so well getting to this stage so I was not expecting anything.

"But I am really happy with the call-up and it will be a great experience going to the training camp and being around established GB internationals.

"I have been playing well and working hard for Stingrays this season and I know I need to keep producing. I have played for the U18's and U20's and the aim has been to make the senior squad.

"If I don't make the 22 this time, I will keep knuckling down and hopefully there will be another opportunity for me."

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