Bryan Schmidt retires from playing – Panthers’ best wishes go with him
Panthers’ ironman of the last two seasons – he never missed a game – Bryan Schmidt is hanging up the skates and retiring from the game. The club wants to thank Bryan for his efforts over the past two seasons and wishes him every success after he landed a job outside the sport. Defenceman Bryan, 35, studied at Loughborough University during his time with the Panthers and now embarks on a new career in the business world. A club spokeswoman said today : “Everyone at the organisation wants to wish Bryan every success. He was a gentleman off the ice and a big bear on it and he played a major part in helping the club lift two trophies last season. “We’re thrilled that his playing career has ended on such a high for him and we hope his new career is as successful as his Panthers’ career was.” Schmidt was named Panthers' Most Consistent Player last season and is pictured below receiving his trophy from AJKM's Vic Vickers at the annual awards ceremony.