Whitley Warriors’ young forward Callum Queenan was part of the GB Under-18 squad that claimed the bronze medal in Division 2 A of the World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, last week.
And Warriors head coach Simon Leach was also part of the GB party as he is assistant to Solway Sharks’ Martin Grubb.
Queenan appeared in all five games GB played as they claimed regulation time victories over both Estonia and Croatia and a penalty shots success against Holland, which secured the bronze medal.
During the tournament, Queenan had a tally a rating of plus one, while he had four shots on the opposition goal.
On returning home there was further good news for the youngster as he has been shortlisted for the Pro Hockey News NIHL North Division 1 Player of the Year alongside Whitley team-mate Ben Richards and Solway Sharks’ teenage forward Duncan Speirs.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 11, at the NIHL North Championship play-offs in Dumfries.
Warriors’ next games are also over the weekend of April 11 and 12 when thy play Widnes Wild in a promotion-relegation play-off double header.
Leach’s side head to the north west on the Saturday before taking on the Wild on home ice at 5pm on the Sunday at Hillheads Ice Rink in Whitley Bay.