Sheffield Steelers forward Jonathan Phillips says Great Britain's pre-World Championship training camp has got off to a great start.
The 28-man squad reported to the Skydome on Tuesday ahead of the first on-ice session, as GB first prepare for two international matches against Lithuania this weekend.
GB host Lithuania in Milton Keynes on Saturday (7pm) and on Sunday in Coventry’s Skydome Arena (5:15pm).
After the weekend's games, head coach Pete Russell will name a 23-man squad who will represent Great Britain at the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary from 22nd to 28th April.
Phillips, who arrived in camp after the heartbreak of losing the Play Off final, said: "The squad is buzzing and we have already had some great sessions as we prepare for the weekend.
"The GB squad gets very few chances to meet throughout the season and so this training camp is a vital part of our preparations.
"It's a quality roster at the moment and the coaching staff will have some tough decisions to name the final 23 players.
"Competition for places is intense as everyone wants to be on the plane to Budapest next week."
GB meet Lithuania twice this weekend and although Britain have won the past two meetings between the two sides, Lithuania had won the previous two.
"We seem to have some great battles with Lithuania," said Phillips. "We may have had the upper hand in the last two years, but for a couple of seasons they had our number.
"They are sure to be two great games and we are looking forward to taking to the ice."
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