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Great Britain WJC U20-D2A Championships Roster Features Three Current USPHL Players

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 11/08/21, 2:30PM EST

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Two Additional USPHL Alumni Also Make Team GB Roster

The United States Premier Hockey League congratulates its three current players, along with two alumni, all five of whom were named by Team Great Britain to its National Under-20 team set to play in the  World Junior Division 2A Championship, to be held Dec. 13-19, 2021, in Brasov, Romania. 

Two players are currently playing in the USPHL Premier and one other plays in the National Collegiate Development Conference. Team Great Britain have maintained a better than .500 record in the Division IIA tournament since its single year at the Division IB level in 2015-16. 

In 2018-19, Great Britain finished third in the tournament, its best finish since the 2014-15 Gold Medal and its promotion to Division IA the next year. 

Great Britain is one of very few countries to have already announced their final World Junior Championships roster. 

 

Current USPHL Players

Logan Neilson, Northern Cyclones (NCDC)

The 2003-born native of Nottingham, England, has been playing in North America since 2017-18, mostly for the West Coast Renegades. This year, however, he jumped to the Tier II level with the Northern Cyclones, after his first five games in the NCDC with the Jersey Hitmen. Neilson registered an assist in his first NCDC game on Sept. 24. The left wing made his debut with the Cyclones on Nov. 5 against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, and brings big size to any team he’s with - he stands 6-feet-5-inches and weighs in at 196 pounds. The World U20 Division IIA will be Neilson’s first time representing Great Britain in international play. 

 

Rhodes Mitchell-King, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (USPHL Premier)

Always great to see when the Riverkings carry a King on their roster. This Mitchell-King, of England, is a 2003-born defenseman standing 6-feet-3-inches and weighing 183 pounds. In 13 games this season, he has posted a goal and three assists, and he is second on the Riverkings’ defense in hits with 12. This will be Mitchell-King’s first time representing Great Britain. 

 

Owen Dell, Hershey Cubs

The 2002-born native of Maidstone, in England’s southeast corner, is playing in his first USPHL - and first North American - season. After playing one game earlier this season with the Invicta Dynamos, and all of his prior career with Invicta teams in Maidstone, Dell signed on with the Hershey Cubs. He has played in 15 games for the Cubs and posted three goals and three assists. He stands 5-11 and weighs 170 pounds, and is fourth on the Cubs in shots on goal with 30. 

 

USPHL Alumni

Lucas Brine, Northern Cyclones 15U 2018-19

Brine, an ‘02 goaltender from Oxshott, England, is currently playing for Arcadia University in the NCAA Division III ranks. Three seasons ago, he was a regular in net for the Cyclones 15U squad, while splitting time at the New Hampton School. He finished with a very impressive 2.42 goals against average in his 10 games for the Cyclones, and got his first chance that season to represent Great Britain, at the World Under-18 Championships Division IB Tournament, finishing 1-1. 

 

Aren Francis, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 16U 2019-20

Francis and Neilson are both natives of Nottingham, and they have played together for five seasons between 2013 and the present day, including stops at the Ontario Hockey Academy. Two years ago, Francis was the Captain of the Jr. Monarchs 16U team, and with 20 points in 30 overall games, one of the team’s top five scorers. He had 12 points in 17 USPHL 16U league games that season, and added three more goals in three playoff games. He also played for the Jr. Monarchs 18U team last season for current Monarchs NCDC Head Coach Clint Edinger. This year’s tournament will be Francis’ first time representing Great Britain in an IIHF tournament.