Ice Hockey UK CEO, Henry Staelens, said: “We’re really looking forward to these games and we wanted make sure as many people as possible, especially families, could come and see GB play live.

“Our young fans are our next generation of supporters, maybe some are our next generation of GB players, so we feel it’s important to make sure they get the chance to watch the games in Leeds and Nottingham.

“As part of our strategy, it’s important that we host GB matches at different arenas when the opportunities arise so it’s great that we’ll be holding one of these games in Leeds.

“This is followed by Nottingham where, of course, we had so many great memories last year.”