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Great Britain happy to accept underdogs tag at World Championships in bid to cause shock: Keefe



Adam Keefe. Credit: William Cherry

Adam Keefe. Credit: William Cherry

Adam Keefe. Credit: William Cherry

Great Britain interim head coach Adam Keefe says the team are happy to take on the underdogs tag as they take to the ice at the World Championships today.

GB begin their Group A campaign in Riga, Latvia against one of the gold medal favourites Russia (2.15pm UK time), who opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over the Czech Republic yesterday.

It will be a tall order for GB, who are the lowest ranked nation in Latvia, but they do at least have the guarantee that they will be back in the top tier in 2022 as there is no relegation at this year’s event.

Belfast Giants head coach Keefe — who has been promoted to GB’s co-chief alongside fellow assistant Corey Neilson as head coach Pete Russell has not travelled to Latvia — says they don’t mind they’re being overlooked.

“With no relegation here it’s a chance for us to get used to the speed the other teams play at and then obviously we want to have as much success here as we can,” says Keefe.

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“We’re pretty happy being the underdogs. That’s something Pete has brought in here, that culture of being underdogs, and going out there and surprising teams. We want to carry that on through this tournament.

“We’re looking on this as a chance to build and get stronger and it’s a chance for some of the new faces to impress us and earn a place for next year.”

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