FORMER GB COACH AND PLAYER STRACHAN RETIRES

Former Great Britain coach and player Rick Strachan has retired from the sport.

The defenceman made his GB debut in 1995 and went on to win 57 caps and made his final appearance at the 2002 World Championship.

He then had a two-year spell as assistant coach before spending two years as head coach between 2004 and 2006.

After playing in the college system in North America and a short stint in Finland, Strachan arrived in the UK as a player when he iced for Nottingham Panthers, Humberside Seahawks, Haringey Racers and Milton Keynes Kings in 1990-91.

Strachan also went on to play for Cardiff Devils later in his career, but his ability as a player-coach was quickly emerging. He had stints in charge of Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Solihull.

His arrival in Hull saw him play the 2003-04 season as player-coach before taking up the head coach role in 2004.

He stayed with the Stingrays until the end of the 2009 season and after a stint covering ice hockey for Sky Sports, Strachan joined Panthers as assistant coach in December 2010.

The Winnipeg-born 57-year-old had a three-month spell as head coach of the Panthers when Rich Chernomaz was released in January 2019.

Everyone connected with Great Britain and Ice Hockey UK would like to wish Rick all the best for the future.

Photo credits: Roy Long.