Long: Davies crocked me but I’ll let him off
Belfast Giants forward Ciaran Long revealed that GB hero Ben Davies had injured him, forcing him to leave the world championship, but he was happy to let him go.
Long was sorry to miss the trip to Slovakia with Pete Russell's team, but his support, despite his disappointment, never faltered.
And he talked about where he was when Davies scored the incredible overtime winner against France to keep him in the lead group.
"This last game against France was foolish and I would never have celebrated such a celebration in my life when Ben Davies scored this goal in overtime," he said.
"It was hard to forget the World Championships and I was completely deflated, I did not get the chance to participate after being involved in warm-ups and practice."
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"Even though I was in great shape and I was not part of the team, I would have supported it and the boys did a great job. there.
"I was working the day of the match in France and I was driving home, trying to get home quickly so I could watch it on television. I had to listen to the first two periods on the radio and hope to get home in time for the third, but I found myself caught in a traffic jam at rush hour.
"As a result, I ended up hearing the whole game in the car and Ben scored as I was coming home and parked the car in front of the house. I did not even lock the car and I pioneered the house dying to see the rebroadcast.
"It was absolutely amazing and Ben's excellent finish. Curiously, it was him who caused me the injury. He hit me with the puck in training, so he owes me nothing. "
Now 28 years old, he is preparing for the new campaign with a new club, having left Manchester Storm to surrender to the champions of EIHL, Belfast Giants.
– Ciaran Long (@ Ciaran_Long_89) May 8, 2019
He says it was a natural step for him as he rubbed his hands at the prospect of playing in the Champions Hockey League and that he hoped to become as popular as the One of their legendary players.
Long added, "This is the right choice for me at this point in my career, and I suppose that is also good for the Giants with the retirement of Colin Shields.
"I'm not going to say I'll do what he did, because it's crazy, but it's a great model to follow. Sheds was very popular too, so if I can at least imitate it, I will be happy.
"The Champions Hockey League is something for which I am also very excited. I have not experienced this yet, of course, but having missed the GB match this year is the best thing to do and I hope I can win a tournament.
"I did not see the draw at the time, but I caught up with it later and although I do not know much about the teams we are going to play, will be a great experience for me and for everyone. in the organization. "