COVENTRY, UK – Genting Casino Coventry Blaze forward Russell Cowley admitted making himself unavailable for Great Britain selection was a tough decision but the correct one for his future.
Injury also denied Cowley, in his 12th season at the Skydome, a chance of appearing in the Olympic Games qualifiers last season.
With GB heading to Lithuania next month in Division One Group B, Cowley – who is taking a PhD at Coventry University – has opted to concentrate on his studies.
He said: “I would have liked to have been picked and gone to another World Championships but the PhD is important to me and my family and I couldn’t really miss out by being away should I have been selected.
“I have had such an enjoyable time with GB and have loved every minute. Some of my best memories in hockey have been while playing for my country. As much as it was a tough decision I know it is the right decision.
“I don’t know what the future holds in hockey and don’t know where I will be in two to three years’ time. I will deal with that when I get to that point.”