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  Monday, 2 September, 2002, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
GB coach calls for foreigner limit
Great Britain captain David Longstaff
Longstaff is one of only four British stars in the ISL
Great Britain coach Chris McSorley believes there are too many foreigners playing in the Ice Hockey Superleague.

And he has warned that if radical changes are not made, then the ISL will become "worthless".

Only four British-trained players will compete in the ISL this season - GB captain David Longstaff, Joe Watkins, Stevie Lyle and Jonathan Weaver - and two of them are netminders.

McSorley says if Great Britain want to compete against the best in the world, then teams must increase the British contingent in their squads.


This game right now is at a teetering point
GB coach Chris McSorley

He said: "I would like to see a plan when you start with eight non-British-born-and-trained players and each year drop it by one until you level it out to three or four.

"I assure you we would be competing for a Pool A nation spot if we took that aggressive approach.

"It will take only three or four years of playing against each other and getting the chance to play at the top level - you would be shocked.

"You would see the crowds improve, the game improve and ultimately the product nationwide would benefit."

Speaking at the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge tournament in Nottingham, McSorley warned that ice hockey in Britain was a "dying" sport.

He said: "If they don't do it soon, what they have got is worthless.

"Their franchise will be nothing but old newspaper because the game is dying on the vine.

"If they don't wake up and smell the coffee then this game right now is at a teetering point.

"It is time to make the national programme British and get our leagues British because if we don't make the national programme the pivotal point then these leagues are going to flounder."

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