Ice Hockey: London Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett honoured to bag gold with Great Britain
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 April 2018
Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett was honoured to have capped the season off by bagging a gold medal with Great Britain under-18s.
The 17-year-old helped his country secure promotion to Division One Group B of the World Championship structure on a dramatic final day in Tallinn, Estonia.
GB secured a regulation-time victory as they beat Korea 4-3 in the day’s second game and Poland dropped a point against hosts Estonia, meaning Tony Hand’s side took the gold medal.
After beating Estonia (6-3) and Australia (9-2), the young Brits lost to Poland (5-4), before a 3-2 win against Lithuania.
“It was very special, it’s always an honour and amazing experience to play for your country, to be able to top it off by bringing a gold medal home makes its just as special and a moment I’ll never forget,” said Burnett.
“To represent your country is always an honour and to play for them and compete at an IIHF tournament is an experience not everyone gets to have.
“To be able to do that and pick up gold makes me feel even more honoured to show as a team we are out to compete and not only represent GB but bring home a gold medal too.”
The former Romford junior was delighted to cap off a memorable season with the gold medal and praised their opponents at the tournament.
“I’m extremely pleased to end my season on such a high, it just makes an already amazing year – going back home to Romford and to make an amazing opportunity to represent our country – feel so much more special as we know the team all put everything we had on the line to get a result.
“I felt the tournament had some well-organised teams with some individually very skilled players in all of them.
“No team was an easy game with each one giving us either a challenge to stay ahead in a game or get back in the lead.
“But as a team all the guys never stopped working to get a result for each other.”
The youngster also paid tribute to his team-mates, saying: “Individually was not where our team was strong it was where everyone wanted the result as much as each other.”