Gritāns curtailed by work commitments

Rolands Gritāns gathers the puck deep in the Racers defensive zone

Rolands Gritāns gathers the puck deep in the Racers defensive zone. Photo by IceHockeyMedia.

Latvian defenceman Rolands Gritāns has been forced to step down from Whitley Warriors due to work commitments.

Gritāns, who joined Whitley Warriors in September 2018, is a firm favourite with Whitley fans. A skilful D-man, he has shown great composure under pressure on the blue line while also contributing to the Warriors’ attacking unit – in his last full season he racked up 15 goals and 29 assists in 35 games, with 44 minutes in penalties.

General Manager Paul Matthews said today, “David [Longstaff] and I understand Rolands’ decision to step away from hockey as he can no longer fully commit to the Warriors. Like every player, their job is their main priority so with Rolands working weekends now it is impossible to continue playing and working.

“I’m sure we will keep seeing Rolands around as he is still continuing to live and is settled in the Whitley Bay area with his family.

“David and I would like to thank Rolands for his time and effort with the Warriors and wish him every success with his new job.”

When asked about replacing Gritāns, he said, “We are always looking to strengthen the team but finding a replacement within these times can be very difficult as other teams within our league know only too well.”

“Thanks again to the Warriors fans for your loyal support.”