Colin Lawson www.icehockeymedia.co.uk

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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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