Ice hockey: Britain in the safe hands of teenager Lyle

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Shannon Hope, the Great Britain captain, believes the national team's hopes of returning to the sport's elite may rest in the hands of a teenager. Hope is confident that the 17-year-old netminder Stevie Lyle will prove a key figure in Britain's attempt to regain their top status in their World Pool B Championship campaign in Poland.

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.

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