British newcomers ready to roll
by Christian Bellinger/Alexander Maier
Great Britain was a major power in the early days of international ice hockey and recently came back to the top level. The 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship will give fans from the United Kingdom a chance to bring back memories about the best times of British ice hockey.
When people talk about ice hockey in the UK, most fans indulge in memories that are not even their own - from times when their national team was considered one of the best in the world. In 1936, Great Britain won the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). This victory was also regarded as a victory in the World Championship and is still today the greatest international success of British ice hockey. After that it was quiet around the national team for a long time: From 1963 to 1994 the British played continuously in the lower divisions, after a year-long appearance in the top division they went back to the second row - this time until 2019. At last year's World Championship Great Britain showed a respectable performance and secured their spot at the top level for another year. The British are thus once again represented in the upper house for the sport that they brought to Europe via their island at the beginning of the 20th century. Now it is the fans' turn to prove their talent on the (virtual) ice.
IIHF EFC: GREAT BRITAIN #PS4
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IIHF EFC: GREAT BRITAIN #PS4show
After the cancellation of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the British ice hockey stars cannot repeat on the ice this year. But at the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship the fans of all participating countries will meet for an international competition in the ice hockey simulation EA SPORTS™' NHL 20™. At the qualification tournaments, the best Xbox One player and the best PlayStation 4 player in the UK can qualify for the playoffs, where they will then face off against the global competition together. Kick-off is on Wednesday at 6pm (UTC+1) and is open to all UK citizens currently resident in Europe and aged 16 or over. For reasons of fairness, the British national team must be selected in the qualifiers by all players. In addition to qualification for the global tournament, other attractive prizes await the two winners: two tickets each for a Team GB preliminary-round game at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, prize money and a puck from the IIHF Esports Fan Championship.