100 caps for Jonathan Phillips and debut caps for Jones & Long
Forward Jonathan Phillips was presented with his 100th Great Britain cap ahead of this afternoon’s match with Denmark in the World Championship in Latvia.
The GB captain becomes only the third player in the country’s history to reach the century milestone after Ashley Tait (110) and David Longstaff (101).
Phillips made his World Championship debut in 2003 and has since scored 19 goals and contributed 18 assists for 37 points.
One his most vital assists came in the World Championship in 2019 in Slovakia, as he set-up Ben Davies for the overtime-winning goal as GB came from 3-0 down to beat France 4-3 to avoid relegation.
This is his 21st tournament as a GB player and he’s been captain since 2012.
“It is a massive honour to play for your country and it’s extra special to be captain of this amazing set of guys,” said Phillips.
“I feel truly humbled to reach 100 caps and I have so many great memories playing for my country.
“We have come so far in the past few years and it’s been a great journey to be on – and we all just want it to keep continuing.”
A special presentation was held in the dressing room before the game, led by GB General Manager Andy Buxton and Ice Hockey UK General Secretary Andy French.
Buxton said: “It’s incredible for Jonathan to reach the 100-cap milestone. He is the only the third player to do that which shows what an achievement it is.
“I have been fortunate over the years to work with a lot of people with great leadership qualities, both in hockey and in the wider business world, and I can honestly say that Jonathan is up there with the very best.
“He’s been a fantastic support for me and an even greater one to every one of the 77 people who have made their debuts after him.
“He’s been a huge part of how this programme and team has reached the level that it has.”
Two debut caps were awarded in the Great Britain dressing room ahead of this afternoon’s game at the Olympic Sports Centre in Riga.
Sam Jones becomes the 421st player to ice for GB and Ciaran Long the 422nd – and both were presented with their debut caps.
GB General Manager Andy Buxton and Ice Hockey UK General Secretary Andy French led special presentation just after the players had arrived at the rink.
For Jones, it’s his first-ever appearance in a GB shirt at any level while Long made five appearances for Great Britain Under-18s and 12 appearances for GB U20s.
Photo credit: Dean Woolley.