#91 Says Goodbye – For Now! Hexagon Telford Tigers announced that #91 Andy McKinney was not returning earlier today.
McKinney, a fan favourite who first played for Telford in 2008 has appeared for the club 226 times, scoring 84 goals, 119 assists and 203 points. McKinney was appreciated by all at Telford Tigers and will be greatly missed by his teammates. Andy leaves the Tigers having won back-to-back league championships and a National Cup in his most recent spell with the club. Telford Tigers would like to thank Andy for his services during his time at the club and wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Telford Tigers Head Coach and General Manager Tom Watkins commented “Andy has been a big asset for the club during his second spell with the Tigers. He’s a competitor, a winner and brings a level of grit to the team that is irreplaceable, he’s always the first to stand up for a teammate, very capable of getting the team going with a goal, a hit or a fight and plays with a huge amount of desire and enthusiasm every night. I believe he’s a unique player at this level. When you combine that edge with the high level of skating, overall ability and experience he leaves a hole for sure.
We will miss his presence on and off the ice, a very likeable character and a guy you know will be there for you. It’s always tough to lose good people but I’m very proud to see Andy make a decision that puts his family first. It’s funny when you look back, Andy was 17/18 years old when he first played here, not a care in the world, now with his own family and a career away from the ice rink. We all wish Andy, Callie, Austin and Otto the very best for the future.”
Andy commented, “I’m sad to say I’m not returning this year and it hasn’t been an easy decision. For me, what’s important right now is my family life and my work. I returned to Telford back in 2018 and had the pleasure of winning three trophies in three seasons and I’d like to say a massive thank you to Tom Watkins for bringing me back to Telford. Also, a massive thank you to all the volunteers, penalty box crew, sponsors and fans. The work behind the scenes and your continued support have all been tremendous. Bye for now.”