The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms would like to announce veteran utility player Jason Buckman announces his retirement from the end of this season.

Next week’s Play Off quarter final sees Buckman pull on his Phantoms jersey in front of the home crowd for the last time.

The 37 year old Peterborough born dad of two, has had a fantastic career, with many highlights over the last 19 years in senior hockey.

Talking on Buckman’s retirement Head Coach Slava Koulikov commented “When Jason showed his interest in returning and finishing his career in Peterborough just over two years ago, it was an easy decision for us as the staff to make. In addition to his senior hockey experience, Jason has shown himself to be a leader- by- example and most importantly a team- first player, which follows our entire organisation’s philosophy. You only need to look back at the Play Off Championship win last year to see how much winning and representing his city means to him.”

Slava continues “He has had an tremendous hockey career in England and we wish him nothing but the best for the future”

Not only will this game be very emotional for Jason, stepping out in front of the home crowd in this home ice rink for the last time as a player, he will also be celebrating his 500th appearance for Peterborough Hockey.

Commenting on his retirement and appearances, Jason said “I’m really happy that I can end my career in my home city. After leaving for Romford Raiders in 2009 I never thought I would get the opportunity to come back to the Phantoms, let alone finish my career here and pass 500 games for the club”

“I’d like to personally thank Slava, Dave & Jo for having me back, and giving me the opportunity to finish to my career where it all started. I will miss all the boys and of course the fans that have supported me. The last home game will be a very special moment for me to enjoy with family, friends and the Phantoms fans, and at the same time help the boys get to Coventry, for my final Play Off Weekend.”

All of the Phantoms players and management thank Jason for his service and wish him all the best for the future.