Coles Makes the Great Britain Team for Pre-Olympic Qualifications
Sheffield Steelers forward Cole Shudra will replace the injured Josh Waller for this week’s Olympic Qualifiers in Cardiff.
Shudra will make his full international debut after making 11 appearances for GB as a junior.
The 25-year-old played five times for the under-18s and made six appearances for the under-20s, including winning a bronze medal in 2018.
Shudra has scored seven goals and contributed 13 assists for 20 points in 44 games for the Steelers this season in all competitions.
Head Coach, Pete Russell, said: “We’re disappointed to lose Josh, especially at such a late stage.
“But as one door closes another one opens. Cole has had a fantastic season with the Steelers and fully deserves his call-up to the full international squad.”
GB face China, Romania and Serbia from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th February at the Vindico Arena in Cardiff.
The group winners will progress to Final Qualifying in August 2024 – the final stage of qualifying before the Winter Olympics in Italy.