Corey Neilson and Pete Russell named GB assistant coaches

Corey Neilson

Nottingham Panthers coach Corey Neilson has been appointed as one of two assistant coaches to new Great Britain boss Doug Christiansen.

Neilson, 36, guided Panthers to Elite League, Challenge Cup and play-Off success last season and will work alongside Pete Russell, who steps up from his role as GB Under-20s coach.

Christiansen said: "Corey has had a tremendous amount of success in the EIHL and has international experience.

"He is an intelligent hockey man."

Christiansen added: "In my short dealings with Pete Russell, he has impressed me with his passions and skill-set. He is one of Britain's up and coming coaches."

Canadian-born Neilson, a former GB international, is soon to begin a sixth season as Panthers coach.

He has won four Challenge Cups, three play-off titles and one Elite League title since taking over at the National Ice Centre in 2008-09.

Neilson said: "I have a great passion for Great Britain, so it is very special to be appointed as assistant coach."

Russell, who has also had spells as coach of EPL clubs Swindon Wildcats, Bracknell Bees and Slough Jets, first worked in the GB set-up with the Under-18s, before taking charge of the Under-20s from 2005 to 2010. He was re-appointed as Under-20s head coach in May.

He said: "I am so proud to take up a role with the senior men's national side. To be recognised in this way is very special and I can't wait to get started."