Posted by Graham Goodman on 22nd May 2003 at 08:26 GMT
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In reply to Why did GB withdraw?? posted by Dennis Lennox II on 21st May 2003 at 14:50 GMT:
Simple, money. Ice Hockey UK were claiming that it cost £10k for every away trip, and that the profit from the home round wasn't high enough to pay for the away legs.
To be honest, I half-expected this after our poor showing in Zagreb. Had we played better than expected in the Worlds, we could have shown a net benefit from competing in the EIHC. But, after our worst showing in several years, I expected Ice Hockey UK to re-evaluate whether it had been worth the expense.
Unfortunately, I think we are paying the price for the clubs refusal to support our national programme.
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