Belfast Giants to retire Wally's jersey

Published Thursday, 04 April 2013
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The number 18 Belfast Giants jersey worn by home-grown talent Graeme Walton is set to be retired when his career comes to an end after the playoffs, the ice hockey team has announced.

Belfast Giants to retire Wally's jersey
Graeme Walton, pictured enjoying his testimonial earlier this year. (© Michael Cooper.)

The popular player, known as Wally, has racked up 10 years of service with the Giants and even became the first person from Northern Ireland to play for Team GB.

"The club and all the supporters have been brilliant to me over the last 10 years and I can't thank them enough," he told UTV.

During his tenure, the 31-year-old helped his side to two league titles and a playoff championship.

It'll be emotional to walk away ...

Graeme Walton

He announced his retirement following a testimonial at the Odyssey Arena, which saw a host of fan favourites return to play for Walton's Allstars against the Giants.

The upcoming playoff finals in Nottingham this weekend will see his last games in a Giants shirt.

"I've had manys a good night at the Odyssey, but I think this one will be the most special in my 10th year," he said.

"I will be down in the future to watch them - I'll always be a supporter. It's been great."

© UTV News
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ric in armagh wrote (663 days ago):
he has done northern ireland and the united kingdom proud!
Emma in Belfast wrote (664 days ago):
Been such a fixture of the giants for so long it'l be sad to see him go! Also a good reflection of the talent that can come from Northern Ireland, makes us all proud!
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