Great Britain's Owen calls time on ice hockey career

18 April 2013 / 11:35

Greg Owen has announced Saturday’s World Championship (Division 1A) clash will be his last for Great Britain ice hockey with the forward set to retire from the sport.

The 31-year-old is currently in Hungary with Great Britain and the game against the Koreans will see him collect his 41st senior cap.

However Owen will not add to this impressive tally as he hangs up his skates.

Owen represented Great Britain Under-18s and Under-20s before making his senior bow, going on to win a bronze and a silver with the national side at World Championship tournaments.

It could have been so much more for Owen had injuries not ruled him out of several other events but Owen feels the time is right to step away from the ice.

Owen said: "Retirement seems like too extreme a word to use but, after months of deliberation, it’s time for me to officially announce the end of my playing career.

"Hockey has been such a big part of my life and forming who I am since I was a boy. This decision has not been taken lightly.

"Some might say I’m too young and that I still have some good years in front of me, but for me it feels like a natural end to what I would consider to be a very fruitful and prestigious career.

"I have never been the most talented player, the most skilful, the fastest, or strongest, but I have built my career and prided myself on consistency, work ethic, tenacity, and a never-say-die attitude.

"My daily aim has always been to make my team-mates better, and to lead by example, not with words, but with actions. I can only hope that I’ve had the slightest influence on my peers.

"I can only hope that I can put some of the experience I’ve gained back into the sport, so that generations to come can have the same or potentially better opportunities than I’ve had.

"I now look forward to developing my career as a web designer and have new goals and ambitions that I can now fully set my sights on.

"My family and I can enjoy the weekends and I can give them back some of the time that they’ve had to be without their dad."

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