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Belfast Giants hero Darcy Murphy hails ‘second home’ of Northern Ireland on announcing retirement

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Fan favourite Darcy Murphy departs the Belfast Giants an icon

Fan favourite Darcy Murphy departs the Belfast Giants an icon

Fan favourite Darcy Murphy departs the Belfast Giants an icon

Belfast Giants winger Darcy Murphy says he has found a second home in Northern Ireland after he announced his retirement from the sport following a trophy-laden spell with the club.

The Ontario native was a two-time Elite League winner and a three-time Challenge Cup winner in just three seasons with the Giants and leaves the club as one of their adopted sons.

Affectionately nicknamed ‘Darcy Dangles’ by the fans, Murphy doesn’t just depart as a winner but a record-breaker too.

He wrote his name into the history books at the SSE Arena for scoring the most goals in a single season, after he struck 50 in just 79 games in the 2018/19 campaign.

In all, the 29-year-old hangs up the skates having played in 188 games for the Giants – scoring 89 goals and 171 points – and walks away with no regrets.

“What a journey it’s been. When I first arrived in Belfast in 2015 as a college hockey player in the Friendship Four, I knew I wanted to return some day and I’m glad I did,” said Murphy.

“I quickly found a second home in the city – within its people, the Giants organisation, my team-mates, the coaching staff and of course the Teal Army.

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“It felt like a fitting time to hang up the skates having hoisted two Elite Leagues and three Challenge Cups in three seasons at the Giants. I can walk away from the game knowing that I’ve fulfilled everything I set out to do and more. It’s been special.

“I can’t thank those who made my experience in Belfast what it was enough – the list would be endless, but you know who you are. The Belfast Giants will always have a place in my heart.”

Giants head coach Adam Keefe added: “A true team player on and off the ice, it has been an absolute pleasure to stand behind the bench as his coach and watch him do what he does best.

“His passion for this team and this city hit home with the fans, whether he was celebrating goals, engaging with the local community or lifting well-deserved and hard-earned silverware. He will forever be a Giants legend.”

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