MEYERS ANNOUNCES GB RETIREMENT

Meyers retires from international ice hockey after 12-year career

Guildford Flames defenceman Danny Meyers has announced his retirement from international ice hockey.

After representing GB at junior level, the Ascot-born blueliner made his GB debut in the 2004 World Championship in Oslo, Norway.

His first goal came in the final game of that Division 1A tournament – a 6-0 victory over Belgium.

The former Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers d-man went on to win 59 caps for GB, scoring six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

He won a silver and a bronze medal in his 12-year GB career.

His final GB game was this month’s international friendly with Norway at Cardiff’s Ice Arena Wales.

Meyers said: “I think anyone who knows me will know just how much playing for Great Britain has meant to me.

“Having captained the GB Under-16s, Under-18s and Under-20s, playing for the senior team was better than I ever could imagine.

“From my first cap to my first goal and, of course, that magical tournament in the Ukraine where we were so close to Pool A promotion, wearing the shirt has always been my proudest moment as a hockey player.

“The Great Britain team has always had a special team spirit and we often over-achieved with our limited resources compared to the other nations.

“I’m sure all the boys will agree that Andy Buxton has been the driving force behind our achievements. He always found a way to make it as professional and memorable for us all. I cannot thank him enough for all he has done and what he continues to do.

“I would like to thank the coaches who selected me to wear the jersey and, of course, my team-mates who I shared so many great memories with. Also my D partner Davey Phillips who always brought the best out of me.

“I wish the boys nothing but success for the future and I hope their hard work and commitment gets the rewards they deserve.

“Finally, to the GB supporters who are always there for the team and their never-ending singing. Thank you for all your support.”

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “Danny has been a fantastic GB player over his 12-year international career.

“His passion for the national team has been obvious every time he stepped foot on the ice.

“He is the type of player who gives his all every time he steps foot on the ice and this was the case with Great Britain.

“Danny led by example at World Championship tournaments and was always a key part of any GB roster.

“IHUK would like to congratulate him on a great international career.”

Danny is pictured with his final GB shirt from the game against Norway this month.