Cardiff Fire 2 goaltender Lewis Davies has been called up to the National Team to play in the upcoming Division 2A Under 18 World Championships in Estonia in April.
The news comes just over a month after Fire 1 goaltender Jordan Lawday was named to the GB Under 20 side where he came away with a Bronze Medal in their World Championships.
Davies and the rest of the U18 team travel out to Tallin in for the tournament between April 1st and April 7th. They’ll face the hosts Estonia, as well as Australia, Korea, Lithuania and Poland.
At 17-years-old, Davies has been really thrown in at the deep end this year. Originally signed to play for the Cardiff Fires second team, due to injuries to the main sides goalies early in the year, he was for a few games the teams starting, and the only goaltender.
Despite being on the receiving end of some big defeats, Davies showed a level of maturity way beyond his years in the pipes and showed moments of the potential he has, which has helped him earn this call-up.
So far this year, Davies has appeared 12 times for the Cardiff Fire 1 team, as well as making 8 appearances for Cardiff Fire 2 where he has an impressive .886 save percentage.
The news delighted Cardiff Fire coach Mark Cuddihy who was quick to share the achievement on social media by tweeting “Huge congrats to Lewis Davies!! Hard work paying off!!”
Davies will be competing with 16-year-old Will Kerlin for the starting job when the tournament starts in April. Kerlin who’s originally from Bedford, England has spent the last few seasons playing in various ranks in the Ontario Hockey Academy wherein 7 appearances for the U17 side this year he’s posted 3.83 goals against average and a .880 save percentage.
The National Side will be boosted by having EIHL regulars Liam Kirk of the Sheffield Steelers and Jordan Buesa of the Barrhead Clan at their disposal.
Both 17-year-old prospects, Kirk and Buesa were underage players at last months Division 2A Under 20 World Championships in Dumfries, but neither looked out of their depth at all.
Kirk actually lead the entire tournament in points with 14 points in just 5 games while Buesa had 6 points in his 5 appearances on route to a bronze medal.
Great Britain will be hoping for a much better showing at the U18 tournament this time around. Last season the U18 side managed a fourth-place finish out five teams and are searching for their first medal since a bronze during the 2014-15 season.
Davies becomes the first Welsh player called up to the U18 side since Owen Bradshaw of the Peterborough Phantoms did in the 2014-15 tournament.
Full Squad List
Lewis Davies – Cardiff Fire
Will Kerlin – OHA, Canada
Ed Bradley – CIHA
Callum Burnett – Chelmsford/London Raiders
Reece Cochrane – Fife Flyers
Joe Hazeldine – Swindon Wildcats/Nottingham Panthers
Sam Russell – OHA, Canada
Ben Solder – OHA, Canada
Mason Biddulph – Guildford
Kieran Brown – Blackburn/Sheffield Steelers
Jordan Buesa – Solway/Braehead Clan
Louis Chabot – Rockland Nationals
Liam Kirk – Sheffield Steelers
Richard Krogh – Guilford Flames
Patrick Larkin – CIHA
Austin Mitchell-King – Coventry Blaze
Cade Neilson – OHA, Canada
Caly Robertson – Edinburgh Capitals
Aidan Strangeway – Notre Dame, Canada
Sam Talbot – CIHA
Finlay Ulrick – Northwood School, USA
Long List Reserves
Jonah Armstrong -Telford Tigers
Lucas Brine – CIHA
James Clarke – CIHA
Ben Coughtrie – Solway
Lewis English – Nynashams Sweden
Josh Hodgkinson – Belfast
Lewis Houston – Solway
Scott Jamieson – Fife
Joshua Kelly – Okanagan
Marcus Neil – Hull Pirates
Tyler Perre – Okanagan
Garry Simpson – Fife
Bradley Windebank – Chelmsford
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