Giants duo make the cut for GB's assault on World Championships
Great Britain head coach Pete Russell has named two Belfast Giants players on his 25-man roster that will travel to the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia next month.
Team GB's all-time leading scorer Colin Shields will sign off his professional career at the highest level of international ice hockey having been named in the squad, while he's joined on the plane to Kosice by Paul Swindlehurst.
There was disappointment for fellow defenceman Mark Garside, however, who would likely have made the panel had he not sustained an injury late in the Giants' play-off push.
The Giants will, of course, also have head coach Adam Keefe in attendance as an assistant to head coach Russell, while former Giants players who also made the cut include Jackson Whistle, David Phillips and Robert Dowd.
Shields and Swindlehurst will be part of an historic campaign for Britain's national side, who will compete at the World Championships for the first time since 1994 having gained back-to-back promotions in the last two years.
They'll come up against some of ice hockey's elite nations such as the USA, Canada, Germany and Finland in Group A of the tournament.
Team GB will face two exhibition games against KHL side Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in Nottingham on Saturday and Sheffield on Sunday before kicking off their campaign against Germany on May 11.