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Great Britain ice hockey and Ice Hockey UK would like to send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Mike Urquhart who passed away this weekend after a short illness.

Mike, who was inducted into the UK Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, mentored hundreds of players during his time on the coaching staff of Great Britain Women, as well as the men’s under-20s and under-18s.

Anyone who had a conversation with Mike could tell how much he loved this great sport of ours and he’s remembered fondly by anyone who came into contact with him.

Mike was Head Coach of Great Britain Women in the 1990s, before taking up coaching roles with the men’s under-20s and under-18s.

He won three medals with the under-20s; gold in 2006 and bronze in 2000 and 2007, as well as a gold medal with the under-18s in 2004.

Mike also had a distinguished domestic coaching career including winning the league and playoff double with Guildford Flames in 2000-01.

He first arrived in the UK to play for the Panthers in 1982 and also played for Oxford, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Guildford, Bracknell and Milton Keynes.

Our thoughts are with his wife Laura, his children Jessica and Jack, and the whole family at this time. Rest in Peace Mike.