Sheffield Steelers have confirmed Rod Sarich has retired from the game.
Sarich played 577 games for the reigning Elite League champions, scoring 81 goals with 279 assists.
Head Coach Paul Thompson said: “He is a smart hockey player and he has a hockey brain – that will be a tough component to replace this summer.
“I’ve coached against Rod and he was a pain in my side. Like Hewey (Jason Hewitt) and Legge (Jeff Legue) it was a privilege to coach him this past season.
“Gerad Adams did a terrific job persuading Rod back into the game after his year out. I’m delighted he ended his Steelers career with two league titles.
Sarich added: “It’s been a real pleasure and honour to play for the Steelers and I’ve enjoyed every minute.
“Having a year out in 2013/14 was not part of the plan, but coming back gave me an even greater appreciation for the game and the time spent with the boys.
“I’ve met some of the best people and made friends for life. Every year we’ve had a great group of guys so it’s been fun to come to the rink – winning a few trophies has been fun too.
“I’d like to say thank you to the fans – I’ve never encountered a club where the fans are so close to the team, and give so much for their team.
“I’ve met some fantastic people and made some great friends and memories.
“Championships aside, I’ve enjoyed these last two seasons, and all my years with the Steelers, more than I could have hoped and I’m leaving very satisfied. You can’t ask much more than that.”
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