He expects his Cardiff Devils club-mate to be named as Britain's first- choice keeper for the 10-day tournament which begins tonight with a match against the hosts. "Steve might still be a teenager, but he is one of the best netminders in the Superleague," Hope said. "He was a big factor in us winning it this year."
Britain need to win the eight-team competition to secure automatic promotion to Pool A where they would again meet the likes of Russia, Canada and the United States. They were last in the elite pool three seasons ago when, because of a lack of preparation, they lost all their games and were relegated.Reuse content