A British university delegation made up of 65 student athletes and 31 support staff will head to the 28th Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the end of the month. The biennial international event, which was last hosted in Granada in 2015, will welcome approximately 2,500 student athletes from 58 countries.

The 2017 Winter Universiade, (World University Winter Games), is an international multi-sport event which is organised for university students and is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics.

The GB team includes the Peterborough Phantoms Adam Long will be making the trip to represent his country as one of the teams 2 netminders. The Mens Ice Hockey team contain a number of players who will be familiar to Phantoms fans, and fans of the EPL.

Long, who is a student at Anglia Ruskin UCP took part in the selection process in the Summer. This consisted of 3 seperate trials which included 2 on-ice sessions during the day as well as off-ice tests as well.

Speaking about the tournament, Long said “I’m looking forward to the honour of representing my country for this first time in my career. I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against some top players from other colleges and universities with our group containing Canada, USA and Slovakia.”

“I’m also looking forward to being around an Olympic style tournament in all brand new facilities.”

The event’s opening ceremony will take place on 29 January at the figure skating arena. The GB men’s ice hockey team are in the first action of the 2017 Winter Universiade as they take on Slovakia in their opening fixture.

Six year’s of planning and construction has been put towards making the 2017 Winter Universiade a success. In that time, the organising committee have built an array of sporting facilities, including an all-new athlete village, and refurbished many more. 12 sports will be competed across the eight venues in 185 medal events and the GB delegation will compete in seven of the 12 sports, including Ice Hockey.

Great Britain University Ice Hockey (Men)
Adam Long – Anglia Ruskin UCP
Matthew Croyle – Sheffield Hallam University
James Scott – Sheffield Hallam
Lucas Branin – University of Tampa
Montgomer Gailer – Oxford Brookes
Ivan Antonov – Royal Holloway University of London
Thomas Hovell – Nottingham Trent University
Christian Johnson – University of Aberdeen
Thomas Parkinson – Leeds Beckett University
Alexander Sampford – Surrey
Jackson Price – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Liam Charnock – Sheffield Hallam University
Michael Mawer – Sheffield Hallam University
Andreas Siagris – Imperial College of London
Daniel Rose – St Marys
Christopher Fox – University College London
Stuart Mogg – Southampton Solent University
Elliott Dewey – University of Portsmouth
Joseph Gretton – Nottingham Trent University
Samuel Cheema – Kingston University
Christopher Cooke – St Marys
Rupert Quiney – University Centre Farnborough

Andrew Miller – Team Manager
Matt Bradbury – Head Coach
Simon Hopkins – Asst Coach
Andrew Marshall – Equipment Manager / Fitness Coach