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Former Belfast Giants forward Matt Towe officially retires from ice hockey

Former Belfast Giants forward Matt Towe at his coffee shop, Cargo Coffee, in Holywood
Former Belfast Giants forward Matt Towe at his coffee shop, Cargo Coffee, in Holywood
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Former Belfast Giants forward Matt Towe has announced he is retiring from ice hockey to embark on a career outside of the sport.

The 31-year-old hangs up his skates after making 399 appearances in the Elite League and Challenge Cup for the Giants, Cardiff Devils, Sheffield Steelers and Braehead Clan.

Towe will now take up a position with financial company GamePlan, while also continuing to run his ever-growing and highly successful coffee franchise Cargo Coffee.

On the ice, Giants fans will fondly remember the Sheffield native for his game-winning goal in the 2018 Challenge Cup final, leading them to an eventual 6-3 win over the Devils at the Viola Arena.

That would be the only trophy that Towe would win with the team, however he was always a dependable operator within the line-up across his four seasons in Belfast.

While he was listed on the team roster last season, the former Great Britain international only made one appearance in the Elite League, instead focusing on matters away from the rink instead.

Towe retires having made 201 appearances in teal, scoring 15 goals and amassing 60 points in his time at the SSE Arena.

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