Providence's Gamez Retires Over Health Concerns
CHN Staff Report
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Providence junior forward Garrett Gamez is retiring because of ongoing health concerns. Gamez will join the coaching staff this upcoming season as a Student Assistant.
“After speaking with the doctors, we have come to the conclusion that playing hockey would require risks to my health that I am not willing to take,” Gamez said. “I can’t explain how hard this decision was to make. With that being said, I can’t thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches enough for all the support they have given me through this tough time.”
Gamez collapsed on the bench during the first period in Game 2 of the Hockey East Quarterfinals at Notre Dame on March 11 and missed the remainder of the season. He appeared in 57 games for the Friars from 2015-17, posting eight goals and eight assists over that span.
“Garrett’s health and well-being go beyond hockey and we completely support his decision,” Providence coach Nate Leaman said. “Not only is Garrett a terrific hockey player, he is an even better person and someone who truly embodies the spirit of a Providence College student-athlete. We are fortunate that he will be around the program to assist on a daily basis.”