Latvia got the ticket to the Winter Olympics, but only after a tense final game where the berth to Sochi changed hands five times. Both Kazakhstan and France at various times were in pole position for the trip to Russia and the outcome only was known once the final second had elapsed- Latvia getting the point they needed with a 2-2 draw. For GB it was very much a learning experience, as this is the only opportunity they will get to play opponents of this quality- that is unless they can earn promotion to the top level of world hockey this April in Budapest.
Really need to learn to stay out of the penalty box. When it was 5v5 GB looked fairly comfortable against some seriously good players, including ex-NHLers, but playing a man short was just impossible.
Oh, and regarding Brits in the NHL, one of the dual nationals I mentioned earlier has just made the leap. Danny Taylor has signed for Calgary Flames as a back up, with their regular goalie out injured. Most probably won't get much, if any, ice time but it's not a bad way to earn a living.