Mike Will Retires
Flames netminder Mike Will is calling it a career after spending his final 4 terms with Spectrum’s club. The 32 year old signed on for the Flames final Premier League schedule in 2016-2017 before sticking around for their first 3 EIHL campaigns through the Covid shortened 2019-2020 stretch. In all, the Lewes born stopper played 9 EIHL seasons thanks to a 2 year stay at Cardiff Devils and a 4 year run at Braehead Clan beginning in 2010. Across his top flight career, Will collected a Gardiner Conference title at Clan, a Challenge Cup and Erhardt Conference haul at Cardiff and finally the Patton Conference trophy during the 2018-2019 run with the Flames.
Including his opening EPL campaign under Spectrum lights, the 6’4”, 190lb cage guard has a Flames career goals against average of 3.17 and an 89.3 save percentage across 1626 minutes.
“Thank you Guildford,” started Mike will’s message.
“The time has come for me to hang up my skates and move on to the next chapter in my career. The last 10 years of pro hockey have been a dream and I will cherish each season and the lifelong memories. I'd like to thank everyone at the Guildford Flames for the opportunity to play with the organisation, the amazing fans for the support, the coaching staff, equipment managers, backroom staff, the sponsors, game night volunteers, and lastly my teammates, it was an honour to play with each of you boys!”
“Thank you to my parents for everything and helping me achieve the dream of playing pro, from the late night taxi rides to cold rinks, to helping me further my career no matter what the sacrifice to them.”
“Hopefully I will see a number of you at a game in the future, whenever the boys can get back on the ice.”
“For anyone wanting to follow along on my next journey, I have my own photography business @m.visuals on Instagram. I'd love to have as many of you follow along and support this next venture!”
Flames Head Coach Paul Dixon commented on the decision:
“Mike was one of just a handful of players who transitioned with us from the Premier League to EIHL, and as such was the 2nd longest serving member of the team on this past season’s roster.”
“His role is probably mentally the most difficult job on the team in terms of not always knowing when you are going to get the call, and he served us exceptionally well during his time. We thank Mike for his stay in Guildford and wish him every bit of success as he moves away from hockey.”