Monday 21 August 2023

Mayhem Players In International Call Up

Felicity Gregory in action for the Mayhem (photo by@haganovaphoto)

Mayhem Sledge hockey players Felicity Gregory and Peggy Assinck have received international call ups to take part in the Women’s World Challenge tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA at the end of the month.

Gregory will be icing for the Great Britain women’s para team while Canadian born Assinck will be playing for her own national side. Felicity will be in good company, however, as members of the Mayhem team staff are also accompanying the women’s GB team with Karl Nicholson travelling as assistant coach and Peter Hagan as Equipment Manager.

The tournament runs for 4 days from 31st August to 3rd September and features teams from the USA, Canada, as well as Team GB, plus a "World" representative team made up of players from Asia and Europe, with all teams playing each other once in a “round robin” group. 

Team USA won last year’s inaugural competition beating Canada 5-1 in the last game to finish with a 100% record from their 4 matches.

Left to right:  Peggy Assinck, Karl Nicholson and Peter Hagan (photos by @haganovaphoto)

Peter Hagan, who is the Mayhem’s Head Coach and General Manager said of the international selections:

“I’m so happy for Felicity to make the squad, she’s really grown this year with added responsibility of being an alternate captain for us at Mayhem. She’s a calming presence and established herself as a core player for us, so a great reward. We are obviously super proud of her.”

“Peggy is still representing Canada & her drive is still as strong as ever. She is a player that everyone looks up to and, having set up the GB women’s programme, she’s a huge supporter of the game globally as well as domestically too. Hopefully she has a bad game against GB!”

“Karl has been there, seen it all several times over, and has been a huge part of our coaching staff with Mayhem since it’s inception & translated it to the GB programmes. He’s a wealth of knowledge and will be a vital part of the coaching team as GB look to medal this tournament.” 

“I’m obviously hugely proud to be asked to join the off-ice team, anytime you get to represent your country is huge. I’m hoping I can help anyway I can and make some contribution in Green Bay.”

The full Great Britain squad for the 2023 Women’s World Challenge is:

Netminders - Susi Marguerite (Peterborough Phantoms), Jodi Hill (Cardiff Huskies)

Defence - Nik Terrell, Sarah Hope (Peterborough Phantoms), Alysha Atkinson (Peterborough Phantoms), Leanne Emmerson (Cardiff Huskies), Helen McGivern

Forwards - Emily McLean (Sheffield Steelkings), Stacey Quirk (Peterborough Phantoms), Dani Watts (Cardiff Huskies), Felicity Gregory (Mayhem), Shannon Couch (Cardiff Huskies), Freya Levy

Team Staff - Ian Offers (Head Coach), Karl Nicholson (Assistant Coach), Breanna Wagner (Assistant Coach), Louise Beresford (Assistant Coach), Pete Hagan (Equipment Manager).