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Giants players in GB Olympic squad

Five Belfast Giants players have been named in the extended GB Olympics side.

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

Wednesday, 09 January 2013
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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.