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Mar 1, 2017

Message from Joe Johnston

Streatham IHC Captain Joe Johnston has a message for all Streatham supporters.

I'd like to take this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring from hockey at the end of this season. I can assure you this is not a decision I have taken lightly but I feel that the time is right for me to step aside and give someone else the honour of leading our great club.

Ice hockey is the best sport and teaches you so much about life. It can mould you as a person and I have a hell of a lot to be thankful for. Hockey has given me everything and as someone who has lived and breathed the game since birth I will always be grateful for that. 

I've been lucky enough to enjoy a very long and successful playing career. I have travelled all over the world, met some incredible people and established life long friendships. I've won tournaments and leagues and broken records. I have represented and captained my country across various age groups and won a World Championship gold medal.

I have also achieved my childhood dream of playing for my home town club in Streatham, with the added honour of captaining the team for so many years. I will always look back on my playing career with nothing but fantastic memories and pride. 

As you can imagine this is quite an emotional time for me but I remain fully focused on the remainder of our league fixtures and the upcoming playoffs. We have the players on our team to win trophies we just need to believe in ourselves more and execute the plans and instructions from the coaching staff.

I fully trust that the club is in good hands and if we want to win things consistently in the future then in Jeremy Cornish we have the right man in charge.

I personally feel that I could play on for a season or two still. My passion for Streatham hockey exists today as much as it did when I was a little boy and I feel I can still do a decent job for the team. However changes in my personal life mean that I cannot commit the time and dedication required, moving forward. I will be spending more time with my family and friends now and I feel I owe them that for all of the years of unconditional love and support they've given me throughout my hockey career.

I'd like to thank all teammates, opposing players, coaches and managers that have all been a part of my hockey life. I'd be here all day if I had to name individuals so I'll leave it at that. 

Finally of course I'd like to mention the Streatham fans for their relentless support through the good and the bad times. Many of you have watched me develop from a 5 year old pee-wee to the old veteran you see out on the ice these days and you have never once failed to encourage and motivate me. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the respect you've always given to me and my family.

Looking ahead I'm sure I will still be involved in the club in some way. I'm not sure in what capacity yet and I will discuss that more with Jeremy over the next few weeks.

Streatham Ice Hockey Club has been my life for 37 years and is something that is in my blood and will always be in my heart. It's a hockey family here on the High Road and all the elements are in place to create a winning environment. The club is definitely moving in the right direction and I'm looking forward to a successful future for Streatham.

Joe Johnston #17