Gritty, tenacious, North American forward Dominic Osman has announced his retirement as a pro hockey player. The Hull Pirates centre has become a familiar name in the city during his third stint and 5th season at the most versatile venue. His previous two visits, with the now defunct Hull Stingrays, saw Osman play a big role in the team getting to the final 4 playoff finals weekend in Nottingham on two occassions.

Osman played a key part in the formation of the Hull Pirates for the 2015-2016 season, and by doing so professional hockey was kept alive in the city after the Stingrays folded. He took on the role of player coach, as well as being responsible for a lot of the off-ice operations, and delivered the Hull fans the longest home winning streak of recent times.

The 35 year old, Dearborn, Michigan natives’, career has spanned 18 years and 3 continents for a total of 616 points over 880 games. He has gone in to the post season on 8 occasions, but the two for Hull will live long in the memory of those fans who had the pleasure to be a part of a very special time.

When we spoke with Dominic earlier he said:

“This has been something my wife, Sarah, and I have been talking about for a bit now.  We have a little one on the way and with the time needed to commit to training sessions, and the games on the weekend, we agree that it's time for me to move on to a different role and have more time with our family.

I have been lucky to be able to play for as long as I have, and am extremely thankful for the opportunity to play the sport I have loved since I was a child.  

I'd like to thank Shane Smith and everyone involved at the Hull Pirates as well as fans who have made these last two years possible.  It's been a heck of a learning experience and I look forward to seeing what this club can accomplish.”

Owner, Shane Smith, said:

“Although the Hull Pirates will undoubtedly miss Dominic Osman, the player, with his presence and skill set on the ice, but we cannot wait to see where his natural desire and drive will take the organisation in the coming seasons.

We would like to pay tribute to a fantastic ambassador and consummate professional of ice hockey who has chosen our great city to call home. We, as an organisation and hockey family wish Dominic all the best in his, very bright, future and ask you all to join us in thanking him for his dedication to ice hockey in Hull and around the world”.