Lyle Makes GB Long List

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Swindon Wildcats logo Wildcats netminder Stevie Lyle has been named in the GB long list ahead of the training camp for next month's World Championships which are being held in Zagreb.

The 37-man long-list was named by GB head coach Pete Russell, who is a former Wildcats bench coach this morning [Monday March 7, 2016].

Photo by Nicky Pearce on behalf of the Swindon Wildcats The squad will be cut to 28 players for the pre-World Championship training camp which will get under way on April 6 and will include two games against Poland which are set to take place at the National Ice Centre [Nottingham] on Saturday April 9 and the Skydome [Coventry] on Sunday April 10.

GB face hosts Croatia in the Division 1B tournament from April 17 to April 23 as well as Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine.

Speaking about his long list selection, coach Russell said: "We have some exciting names on this list and I like the look of our squad.

"There really is big competition for the final 23 spots to go to Croatia, but the door is open for all the 37 players

"We need to have the right balance from top to bottom on the final roster.

"We need guys with good offence, powerplay guys, players who are effective on the penalty kill and that needs to be spread throughout the team."

Lyle is one of four netminders to be chosen in the list, a role he enjoyed in February when he iced in the last round of the Olympic Qualifiers.

To date, Lyle has made 39 senior GB appearances.

GB LONG LIST

Josh Batch - Cardiff Devils, Ben Bowns (N/M) - Cardiff Devils, Jonathan Boxill - Belfast Giants, David Clarke - Nottingham Panthers, Russell Cowley - Coventry Blaze, Jordan Cownie - Milton Keynes Lightning, Ben Davies - Braehead Clan, Matty Davies - Manchester Storm, Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers, Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers, Luke Ferrara - Sheffield Steelers, Mark Garside - Belfast Giants, James Griffin - Milton Keynes Lightning, Matt Haywood - Braehead Clan, Lewis Hook - Milton Keynes Lightning, Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers, Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers, Joey Lewis - Heilbronner Falken, Stevie Lyle (N/M) - Swindon Wildcats, Craig Moore - Dundee Stars, Evan Mosey - Nottingham Panthers, Thomas Murdy (N/M) - Telford Tigers, Stephen Murphy (N/M) - Belfast Giants, Matthew Myers - Nottingham Panthers, Sam Oakford - Nottingham Panthers, Ben O'Connor - Sheffield Steelers, Craig Peacock - Belfast Giants, David Phillips - Manchester Storm, Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers, Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils, Colin Shields - Belfast Giants, Zach Sullivan - Braehead Clan, Paul Swindlehurst - Manchester Storm, Ashley Tait - Coventry Blaze, Ross Venus - Coventry Blaze, Jonathan Weaver - Telford Tigers and Mike Will (N/M) - Cardiff Devils.

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