Erik Gardiner celebrates a goal against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Photo: Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze

Rockets’ Erik Gardiner retires from hockey

Gardiner steps away from hockey for health and personal reasons.

Erik Gardiner announced his retirement earlier on Wednesday. The Rockets forward, and assistant captain has been with the team since November of 2016.

“Due to health and personal reasons, I thought it was time to step away,” said Gardiner. “I want to focus on different things and take care of myself. I want to thank the Kelowna Rockets, my family and the Western Hockey League for allowing me the chance to live out my dream of playing major junior hockey.”

Gardiner has played 112 games for the Rockets and has 51 points, and 83 penalty minutes.

“We support Erik’s decision one hundred percent,” said general manager, Bruce Hamilton. “The Kelowna Rockets organization and I would like to thank Erik for everything he has done on and off the ice. We wish Erik all the best moving forward; we will continue to be involved with him in the future.”

The Rockets return to action Wednesday night on home ice against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The new look Rockets, who have made some significant roster changes since the trade deadline, have yet to win a game in 2019 and look to snap the five game losing streak against the Warriors.

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