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Ice hockey’s £180k boost

Section:  Dumfries and West, Sport  | Tags: , , , ,

A WEEK of World Championship ice hockey created a £180,000 boost for the region.

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS . . .Council leader Elaine Murray, right, and IIHF representative Frank Gonzalez, left, present Player of the Tournament prizes to Dmitri Kuznetsov of Estonia and Ceaney Van Uytrecht of The Netherlands *** Local Caption *** TOURNAMENT SUCCESS . . .Council leader Elaine Murray, right, and IIHF representative Frank Gonzalez, left, present Player of the Tournament prizes to Dmitri Kuznetsov of Estonia and Ceaney Van Uytrecht of The Netherlands

The Under-20 World Championship Division II Group A at Dumfries Ice Bowl attracted young players from across the globe, including Team GB.

However, Great Britain’s squad narrowly missed out on promotion following a final day defeat.

They had led for most of the tournament, but their 5-2 defeat to Japan and Korea’s stunning victory over Romania on the final day meant the British team ended the tournament in the bronze medal position.

General secretary of Ice Hockey UK, Andy French, said: “I’m delighted at how the whole week went and how we have advanced the sport of ice hockey.

“Great Britain took Japan to the wire and really enthused the crowds who came along to Dumfries from all over the country.”

It was the fifth World Championship to be held at the Ice Bowl, and Dumfries and Galloway Council estimates that the event created an economic boost for the region of more than £180,000.

Struan Tonnar, who is captain of Solway Sharks and also works for the council, said: “The level of hockey has been fantastic and I really think we have given the hockey fans a great event to support.

“We look forward to bring world championship ice hockey to Dumfries again in the near future.”

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