Sheffield Steelers' Ben O'Connor can't wait to pit his skills against world's best

Skilled defenceman Ben O'Connor has had little time to get depressed after losing the Play Off final with Sheffield Steelers - he's too busy planning to pit his talents against some of the best international teams in the world.
Ben O'Connor, Britain's finest and Steelers top scorerBen O'Connor, Britain's finest and Steelers top scorer
Ben O'Connor, Britain's finest and Steelers top scorer

He’s involved in Great Britain’s Coventry training camp as preparations continue for next week’s World Championship in Budapest.

A 28-man squad is undergoing two on-ice sessions a day ahead of two matches with Lithuania this weekend. The sides meet in Milton Keynes tonight (7pm) before going head-to-head in Coventry tomorrow (5:15pm).

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The squad will then be cut to a 23-man roster for the Division I Group A tournament in Hungary. “Every GB training camp is always in intense but this one feels even more so,” said O’Connor.

“The carrot being dangled is a place at a second-tier World Championship playing some of the best nations in the world.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere around the camp and it is great to back with the GB boys” he said.

GB’s World Championship campaign gets under way in Budapest a week on Sunday against Slovenia.

They will also face Kazakhstan, Poland, Italy and Hungary, with the best two teams being promoted to the top flight of the World Championship.