Rockets Gardiner retires

Kelowna Rockets forward Erik Gardiner is stepping away from hockey.

The 19-year-old native of Humboldt, Sask. announced he is retiring.

"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 was acquired in a deal with the Regina Pats in November of 2016.

In 114 games in the WHL, Gardiner had 16 goals, 35 assists and 83 penalty minutes.

"We support Erik's decision one hundred percent," said GM, 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."

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