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Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe named as new Great Britain assistant

Belfast Giants Head Coach Adam Keefe says he is 'honoured' to be named as the new assistant coach of Great Britain.

Keefe, who will continue in his role with the Giants, replaces Tommy Watkins to support Head Coach Peter Russell alongside fellow assistant Corey Neilson.

The 33-year-old, of course, stepped into the Head Coach role with the Giants in May, moving from team captain. He has led the franchise to the Challenge Cup semi-finals this season.

“I am honoured to join to the coaching staff of the Great Britain national team,” he said. “Pete Russell is an experienced coach who has done a fantastic job with GB and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the team win gold in Belfast last year.

“This year’s World Championship in Hungary is an exciting challenge and I will do my absolute best to help support the coaching staff.”

GB will compete in Division One of the IIHF World Championship this year after earning promotion from Division 1B last year.

On Keefe's appointment, Head Coach Russell said: “Adam was a fantastic player on the ice and he has proved himself to be a great coach this season. He is full of passion and is committed to hockey in the UK. We have found a good connection with each other and that’s vital.

“We are sad to be losing Tommy but I understood his reasons for stepping down. He has been a big part of the coaching staff in the last few years and had a major input into our promotion last season.

“Tommy has been my right arm for years – we have been through so much together. We became coaches together and from this we are friends. I will miss him hugely.”

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