Great Britain will play two international games against Norway in November, one in Nottingham and one in Cardiff at Ice Arena Wales.
Team GB and Norway will meet at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Tuesday 1st November 2016 and at Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff the following night on Wednesday November 2nd. Both games will face off at 7:30pm.
Norway are currently ranked 11th in the world and last month qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea. It will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2004 World Championship (Division 1A) when they drew 4-4 in Oslo, with Ashley Tait, Colin Ward, Paul Dixon and David Clarke scoring for GB.
GB head coach, Pete Russell, said:
"Having this extra time together for part of the international break is a huge step forward, not only for this season but for the future of GB hockey.
"It's a very positive move and it's all down to people working together to make steps to create a better process for our national team."
“Norway are a top-class nation and showed how good they are by qualifying for the Olympics recently.
“The task now for the coaching, management and off-ice staff is to pull it all together, on and off the ice, and be sure we have everything ready for the guys to fully maximise this time together.
“Once again, they will be two intense games and form a vital part of our World Championship preparations.”
Ticket details for both matches will be announced shortly.