Giants players in GB Olympic squad

Five Belfast Giants have been named in the extended Great Britain squad for the final qualifier of the 2013 Winter Olympics.

Published 09/01/2013 12:00

Mark Garside, Stephen Murphy, Craig Peacock, David Phillips and former Giants captain Colin Shields are all included in the 32-man side.

Team GB head coach Tony Hand will name his final 22-man squad after the players take part in a two-day training camp in Manchester later this month.

"The camp will give us a great start in our preparations for Riga. It will not only give us chance to work on tactics, but will also be a great bonding exercise for the squad," said Hand.

"By naming a 32-man squad, it gives me chance to look at a number of players who weren't in the final squad last time. This is also a great exercise for team morale."

The final team will head to Latvia in February where they will face the home side as well as France and Kazakhstan in the four-team tournament.

It is understood the Belfast side has been bought over by Chris Knight. The 34-year-old took after when previous owner Jim Gillespie sold his stake in the team.

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