Fans’ favourite leaves Phantoms

Alan Lack (left) will make his farewell Phantoms appearance against Bracknell.

Alan Lack (left) will make his farewell Phantoms appearance against Bracknell.

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Star forward Alan Lack has today (December 30) announced his departure from the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team.

Lack has had to quit because of work and family pressures. He is due to start a new job next week (January 5).

Lack, who will make his farewell Phantoms appearance in Saturday’s (January 3) English Premier League clash with Bracknell at Planet Ice, said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Phantoms, but unfortunately due to the travel and losing my job at the start of the season, it’s now come to a point where I have had to make this decision.

“I start a new job on Monday, and the working patterns mean I cannot commit fully to Phantoms. It is a shame that we couldn’t find a way for me to continue with the club, but unfortunately this has not happened. I have to say a massive ‘thank you’ to my team-mates, management, owners, PhanForce, off-ice staff and of course the fans.

“Good luck for the rest of the season!”

Coach Slava Koulikov added: “‘Lacky’ has been a fans’ favorite since the start of the season, was a great guy in the dressing room and leader on the ice. We obviously wanted to keep him and had big plans for him for next year but family must come first.

“We wish ‘Lacky’ all the best for the future, and of course thank him for his efforts for the club.”

During his time with the Phantoms, Lack has played 28 games, scored 10 goals and claimed five assists, while racking up 72 penalty minutes.