SHIELDS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM END OF SEASON

Great Britain and Belfast Giants forward Colin Shields has announced his retirement from the end of the season.

Shields currently has 89 GB caps and is fifth on the all-time list behind Ashley Tait (110), David Longstaff (101), Jonathan Weaver (97) and David Clarke (92).

His goals tally of 42 is a GB record while he has contributed 40 assists. The Glasgow-born forward’s 82 points is only second behind Tony Hand (122).

Great Britain head coach, Pete Russell, said: “Colin is someone I have known for 30 years.

“He has won it all domestically and has been a top-class talent throughout his career.

“Colin is a great person and been a fantastic player for the national team. He has a scoring record that will be very tough to beat.

“He is finishing at the top of his game and there is no better way to go out.”

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “I would just like to congratulate Colin on his fantastic career, not only domestically but for Great Britain as well.

“Colin is a dedicated professional and one of the best talents that this country has ever produced.

“It has been a honour and a privilege to work with Colin over the years and he has been a fantastic servant to the UK game.

“His record for the national team has been brilliant and he retires as GB’s leading goalscorer, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Click here to read his official retirement announcement on the Belfast Giants website.