Guildford Flames and ex Sheffield Steelers forward David Longstaff has been named as Team GB’s second assistant Captain ahead of tonight’s opening game of the 2011 World Championships in Kiev.
Longstaff, who made his GB debut in 1994 has played 92 games for his Country scoring 28 goals and 71 points
“I was thinking of appointing a younger second assistant to compliment Jonathan Weaver and Ashley Tait” said Head Coach Paul Thompson “but once David arrived here he has shown us how important he is to the team, he is a leader and he has earned the “A” on his shirt. A few people raised their eyebrows when we selected David however I couldn’t be happier with him both on and off the ice”
Longstaff is the sole remaining player who competed at the Pool A level and will be appearing in his 15th World Championship this week “I’m proud to wear the jersey alone” ‘Lobby’ said. “At this level each and every one of us has to lead. I won’t lie it though I felt very proud when Thommo and Willy advised me this morning that the “A” was going on my shirt. This is a great squad we have here and they had many candidates to chose from”
Team GB open their campaign against host nation Ukraine tonight, face off 6.30pm (British time).