As the lowest-ranked side in the tournament, Team GB were favourites to finish bottom of the points board at the IIHF 2019 World Championships.
This was their first appearance in the top tier since 1994, and after five consecutive defeats to nations boasting all-star line-ups, fans were left praying for a small miracle in the final game against France.
Yet, somehow, they did it.
Despite going 3-0 down early on, Team GB battled back to claim an exhilarating overtime 4-3 victory and survive in hockey’s elite division.
Against all odds, they’ve booked their spot at the 2020 World Championships in Switzerland.
ON:iT’s very own Dallas Ehrhardt was in amongst the action – helping Team GB cement top division status for the first time since 1951.
“That was definitely the best experience I’ve had in my career,” Dallas tells us.
“The whole thing was incredible. We have great supporters who always make a lot of noise when they watch us, but at this tournament it felt as though everyone else was supporting us too! The number of Slovakians and Canadians cheering us on was amazing. To have all these nations rooting for us was something special.
“It was always going to be a big adjustment compared to what we’re used to. We knew from the start how incredibly difficult it was going to be.
“Going into the game against France, it was winner takes all, and the atmosphere was crazy. The number of fans that showed up to see a match between the bottom two sides was so cool.
“You try and do everything the same in terms of preparation and not treat it like too much of a big deal. But, deep down we knew how huge it was.”
Dallas believes the character of the players and united team spirit is what gained Team GB that priceless victory on the night.
“We were 3-0 down, and at that point, the coach can’t change too much,” he explains.
“The first one was a bit of a tough break and then we got hit twice in quick succession. We just had to hit the restart button and go again. We knew we had plenty of time to pull it back.
“It was awesome that we managed to do it.”
Whilst this was a huge moment for Dallas, he believes it’s only the beginning.
“I learned a lot at the tournament,” he says.
“There were so many subtle things that I noticed – the little moves and tactics that you only see from the players at the next level. It’s helped me grasp how important these things are after seeing them in person.
“I had a lot of fun, now I’m just getting back into the swing of things before the Storm season.”
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