Belfast Giants netminder Stephen Murphy says he feels lucky to have played ice hockey for so long after announcing his retirement from the game aged 39.
The legendary British netminder played 11 seasons with the Giants, racking up 10,584 saves in 440 games, achieving a save percentage of .913 and 26 shutouts during 25,741 minutes of on-ice time.
Murphy won three league titles, two Challenge Cups and one play-off title with the Giants and was named British Netminder of the Year eight times, while also receiving two All-Star nominations. He helped Great Britain win their first gold medal at the World Championships in the 2017 Division 1B tournament.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve been fortunate to play for such a long time, I have enjoyed every single year and I’ve been fortunate to be able to play for the Giants for so long,” said Murphy. “Having been here for so long and having been part of the family and making it my new home, it made it even more special.”
Great Britain netminder Jackson Whistle and Northern Ireland goaltender Andrew Dickson will return for the Giants.