Guildford Flames have confirmed forward Matt Towe has retired from the sport.
The 28-year-old finished the 2015/16 season on a high as Flames followed up their EPL Cup success by claiming the end-of-season play-off title.
“It’s the toughest decision I’ve had to make in hockey, but I feel the timing is right to pursue a career opportunity,” said Towe.
“I signed in Guildford because this team was hungry for silverware and to bow out of the game on the back of a double-winning season is something I’m very proud of.
“Thank you to the Flames organisation for giving me the chance to do this, and the fans for their fantastic support.”
Towe has iced for numerous clubs during his career including Cardiff Devils, Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils in the Elite League, in addition to representing Great Britain from U18 through to senior level.
Head Coach Paul Dixon said: “I think it would be an understatement to say that this news came as a surprise to us, and certainly it’s a hole we’ll need to fill.
“We understand where Matt is coming from, and we are happy for him that he is confident and comfortable with a big personal decision in terms of what he wants to do going forward.
“He has had a significant impact on the success of this club during a pair of stints with us, and we congratulate him on a great career not just with us, but domestically as a whole, and internationally.
“We sincerely wish him nothing but success as he heads towards other opportunities away from the game.”
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