Fife Flyers’ forward Shawn Cameron announces he is hanging up his skates

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Former Fife Flyers’ forward Shawn Cameron has hung up his skates.

He announced his retirement at the age of 27 and hinted at new plans for the future.

Cameron suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury while skating with Flyers. He iced in only 10 league games and six Challenge Cup matches before being hurt in a game against Belfast Giants on October 29. His speed and nose for goals were never fully replaced.

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Cameron, who joined the club from ECHL outfit Grenville Swamp Rabbits, returned to Canada to focus on his recovery, and some rumours had linked him with a possible return under new coach Tom Coolen.

Shawn Cameron (Pic: Jillian McFarlane)Shawn Cameron (Pic: Jillian McFarlane)
Shawn Cameron (Pic: Jillian McFarlane)

Posting on his Instagram account, Cameron said he was “extremely lucky to have been able to grow up following my passion” and paid tribute to coaches, team-mates, family - and the sport itself.

"Thank you to the coaches who gave me the chance to express myself on the ice. Thank you to the team-mates who became brothers. Thank you to my girlfriend for believing in me more often than I believed in myself. Thank you to everyone who has helped me become a better hockey player and person.

" Thank you to hockey for making me the person I am today. All of the life lessons and values you have given me, I intend to cherish, carry and pass on.”Cameron said the sport had been “the heart of my life since as long as I can remember” but he looked ahead to new challenges.

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“Not leaving for the next hockey season in August is going to require some adaptation, but I have been quietly working on something that I am extremely proud of and that I am looking forward to sharing.”

And he signed off: “Cheers to beautiful endings and new beginnings.”