The Great Britain U20 team that struggled at the recent Division IB World Junior tournament has been disqualified after Adam Jones was found to be ineligible to compete for the country.
According to the IIHF, Jones, a dual citizen of Canada and Great Britain, had not been involved in British hockey long enough to be deemed eligible to participate in the recent tournament.
According to IIHF Bylaw 406.2:
“the player and the Member National Association registering a player for an IIHF championship, Olympic competition or qualification to these competitions are at all times fully responsible for the player’s eligibility with all the disciplinary consequences for the Member National Association and the player.”
Jones, who turned 18 back in January, currently plays with the Lower Austria Stars in the Austrian U20 league. In 42 games this year, the defenseman put up four goals and nine points. Having played in Canada for the majority of his junior career, this was first appearance with the British national team and could be his last for a while.
Japan was originally set to feel the wrath of relegation, but instead it will be the Brits that will be relegated to the 2015 Division IIA World U20 Championships. Team GB finished fifth in the final standings of the DIB tournament, scoring a 1W-1OTW-1OTL-2L record in five games.
“This was an unfortunate but genuine and honest mistake which was realized when the player was selected to play for GB U18s,” Ice Hockey UK’s interim chairman Jim Anderson said in a statement. “In future IHUK will double its due diligence on players who are chosen for GB squads.”
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