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Local players in Ice Hockey Championship

World Championship Ice Hockey returns to the Dumfries Ice Bowl tonight and all this week.

The Men's Under 18s World Championship features Great Britain, Croatia, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania.

Team GB features two players with local connections; Jordan Crowe who played a season with the Solway Sharks before moving to Canada and Josh Grieveson who learned his hockey in Dumfries. They're on the ice tonight.

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Ice hockey event will boost Dumfries again

Dumfries is preparing for another international ice hockey event, just a few months after a big tournament in December.

The Under 18s world championship will be held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl in March, and businesses are already looking forward to the spin-offs.

Great Britain will be competing against Croatia, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania in the event which will take place from the 24th to 30th of March.

In December Dumfries hosted the Under 20s championship.

"We were absolutely delighted with the under 20s championships in December ... it brought in somewhere in the region of £100,000 to the local economy, just on accommodation alone from the teams and the supporters, it gave the region some fantastic publicity internationally, it was covered all over the world, and I think importantly the ice hockey groups saw Dumfries as a real place to host major events like this, so we're really delighted that we've been able to attract another championship."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council's events champion

"We're coming here to win a medal, we would really really like it to be a gold medal, and I think we've got a team that's more than capable to doing that, but I think when you go into any championship like that, first and foremost, you kind of work your way in, you look to stay in the group, but then you look to push for medals, and of course as I say, really for us, we've never spoken of anything other than a medal."

– Martin Grubb, Head Coach, Great Britain under 18s:

Ice Hockey returns to Dumfries

World Championship Ice Hockey is returning to Dumfries.

The Ice Bowl will play host to the Men’s Under 18s World Championship in March.

The tournament will see countries including Great Britain, Croatia, Korea, Lithuania and the Netherlands compete over a six day period between 24 and 30 of March.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Ice Hockey Development Officer Martin Grubb has been confirmed as the Head Coach for the national team.

The most recent International Ice Hockey Federation championship to take place in Dumfries, the Under 20s Category 1B tournament in December 2013, was hailed as a superb success by organisers.

Dumfries celebrate ice hockey success

The under 21 world championship ended on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Dumfries is celebrating after a successful ice hockey championship.

The under 21 world championship, which was held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl ended on Sunday.

Over a £100,000 was put into the local economy through accommodation alone, for the competing nations and their support staff.

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World Championships a great success

The Ice Hockey World Championships taking place in Dumfries all this week are proving a huge success, according to organisers.

Hundreds of spectators have come to cheer on Great Britain's Under 20 team in their first two games.

Ryan Dollard has been at the Ice Bowl this afternoon to see how the sport has captured the imagination amongst locals.

Stanley Cup arrives in Dumfries

The Stanley Cup Credit: ITV News

Hockey's world famous 'The Stanley Cup' trophy has arrived in Dumfries.

It will take centre stage at Dumfries Ice Bowl as part of an exhibition commemorating '100 years of ice hockey in the UK' while the U20 World Championship takes place.

GB team pose with trophy Credit: ITV News

It will be on display from 12pm-5pm today, Wednesday 11 December.

Rod Stewart's ex in Dumfries for hockey champs

Rachel Hunter cheering her son Liam on Credit: Drew Geddes

Rod Stewart's ex-wife Rachel Hunter is in Dumfries to support her son Liam in a hockey tournament.

The 19-year-old is representing Great Britain in the under-20 Men's World Championship being held at the Ice Bowl.

Big smiles from the model Credit: Drew Geddes

She was supporting her son for their opening game against Italy on Monday night.

Rachel Hunter pplauding her son's efforts Credit: Drew Geddes

Team GB were beaten 4-3, but will have the chance to redeem themselves against Kazakhstan tonight.

Liam Stewart is competing for team GB Credit: Drew Geddes
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