Steve Moria announces retirement
After a 25 year career in British Ice Hockey, Steve Moria has decided to hang up his skates for the final time.
Since coming to these shores with the Fife Flyers in 1987, Steve’s career has taken in a host of clubs past his 50th birthday, ending with the Basingstoke Bison in 2012, leaving plenty of time for reflection after an illustrious career.
“Father Time tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear that my time is up! I never envisioned playing 25 years in British hockey. When I initially joined the Fife Flyers midway through my first season, it was meant to be a half season before moving on to play somewhere in mainland Europe. However I fell in love with the British game and immediately knew I wanted to stay here.
“There is no doubt that I will miss the great game of hockey that I have played for so many years. There are so many great memories and fantastic people that I have met during my career. I feel very privileged to have been able to play ice hockey for 25 years. That was never the plan as each season for the past 15 years I wondered if this would be my last one.
“Thank you to British Hockey and all the people I have met along the way.”
During his career, Steve became synonymous as a player who played hard and fair every night, scoring plenty of goals and assists as he led the way in the scoring charts with a career total of 3153 on these shores.
His career saw him compete at every level within British hockey, making over 300 appearances in each of the Heineken League, Superleague and English Premier League as well as starring in the British National League and Elite League.
Steve’s British career saw him ice for the Cardiff Devils (where his infamous #19 jersey is retired), Nottingham Panthers, Blackburn Hawks, Swindon Wildcats, London Racers, Milton Keynes Lightning and Slough Jets, as well as making 49 appearances for Great Britain.
Affectionately known as Mo, he moved into coaching towards the end of his career, reaching a pinnacle when lifting the Playoff Championship with the Slough Jets.
His career followed a successful spell in North America, becoming the then record point scorer in the NCAA, as well as making his mark on the American Hockey League before heading to Britain.
To celebrate Steve’s career, he will be having Testimonial Game at the Basingstoke Arena before the start of the 2012/13 season.
A Mo19′s team will take on the Basingstoke Bison in a special event to mark an incredible career.
As part of the event, Steve has launched an official testimonial website for fans to keep in touch with all the news at www.stevemoria.co.uk
All players who will ice for Steve’s team will be announced on his website, as well as providing a place for supporters to purchase merchandise and leave their memories of Mo’s career.
There will also be opportunities for corporate sponsorship which will be announced in due course.