Cole Shudra on the fortitude underlying the Steelers’ unwavering performances

Elite League champions and Challenge Cup winners they may well be, but there is a fierce desire driving through Aaron Fox’s players to maintain the intensity that has made them winners in order to hit the play-offs running and give themselves the best possible chance of going on to clinch a unique treble.

Cole Shudra of Kiveton Park has been called up to represent Great Britain in this weekend’s Olympic Qualifiers in Cardiff.He joins gigantic goaltender Ben Bowns of Swinton and talented winger Liam Kirk of Maltby.Shudra saw it as a symbol of his development into a respectable EIHL performer and as an honor in addition to the recognition he had long desired.

This week, he was called up due to forward Josh Waller’s injury.It will be difficult for coach Pete Russell to move Shudra out of the starting lineup for important upcoming competitions like the World Championships in Prague in May given his strong showings in the Olympic Qualifiers in Wales.The 25-year-old Shudra participated in five U18 national team games and six U20 games, where he took home a bronze medal in 2018.He has not missed a game for his EIHL team, the Sheffield Steelers, domestically this season, and in 44 games across all competitions, he has 20 points (seven goals and thirteen assists).Pete Russell, the British head coach, stated: “We’re disappointed to lose Josh, especially at this late stage.”However, when one door shuts, another opens.

Cole deserves to be called up to the entire international team since he has had an outstanding season with the Steelers.At Cardiff’s Vindico Arena, from Thursday to Sunday, February 8–11, Great Britain will play China, Romania, and Serbia.The group winners advance to the August 2024 Final Qualifying, the last round of qualifying prior to the February 6, 2026 commencement of the Winter Olympics in Italy.

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