Great Britain ice hockey are devastated to announce that forward Mike Hammond has passed away.

Hammond died in a car accident in Shawnigan in Canada on Wednesday.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Mike’s family, friends and team-mates at this very difficult time.

Mike was a cherished GB team-mate, loved by so many, and very much part of the Great Britain family.

He made his debut in 2018 and helped GB win the gold medal at the World Championship Division I Group A in Hungary.

That promotion saw GB play at the top-level World Championship in 2019 and Hammond scored four goals in seven matches in Kosice.

One of his goals coming in the dramatic come-from-behind victory against France, as GB turned around a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime to avoid relegation.

Hammy scored five points (2+3) at this year’s World Championship Division I Group in Nottingham, helping GB win promotion back to the top level.

He scored the third goal as GB sealed the gold medal with a 5-3 victory over Italy in-front of over 6,000 supporters at the Motorpoint Arena.

Rest in peace Mike – you will never be forgotten and you will be missed by so many.