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Belfast Giants head coach contract not extended

Player and head coach Derek Walser will depart the team after two seasons in Belfast

The Belfast Giants head coach and player Derrick Walser will be leaving the team after two seasons.

A statement from the Belfast Giants management confirmed his contract will not be extended into the 2017/18 season.

The 38 year old's career ended with a semi-final loss against the Sheffield Steelers.

In the 2016/17 season Walser helped the team achieve runners up places in both the league and conference as well as semi-finals in the cup and playoffs.

Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations for the Belfast Giants wished Walser well.

"I would like to thank Derrick for his hard work as Head Coach over the previous two seasons," he said.

"I know how challenging the role can be and Derrick should be proud of his achievements in his first two years of coaching."

"We will endeavour to fill the position of Head Coach as soon as possible. Player recruitment is already underway for the 2017/18 season where competing for all Elite League trophies will be our main aim."

Over the past two seasons, Derrick Walser has posted 85 wins, 38 losses and 1 tie in 134 games. In total, Walser amassed 18 goals and 76 assists, good for 94 points and 32nd place in the Giants all-time player list.

Speaking after the recent  defeat to Sheffield, Walser said he had yet to make a decision about his future as a player and coach.

"It all depends on whether the body wants to," he said.

"I'm looking more down the road of retirement, but we'll see what happens in the future and take the next couple of weeks to take account of things."

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