Riley Emmerson retires from professional hockey

10 May 2016

Riley Emmerson has announced his decision to retire from professional hockey.

Riley spent the last two seasons with the Edinburgh Capitals as Player/Coach. He played 95 games, had 39 points (16 goals and 23 assists) and 198 penalty minutes. He plans to return to regular work to focus on his family. Riley was always popular with the fans who have been patiently waiting for him to be re-signed for the next season.

Edinburgh Capitals thank Riley Emmerson for a memorable two years and wish him all the best in his retirement. 

Scott Neil commented, "It has been a pleasure to work with Riley. I want to thank him for all the time, effort and commitment that he has put into the club. I wish him all the very best for the future and hope that he and Jen enjoy the next phase of their lives back home." 

Emmerson said, "There comes a time in every players career where he has to look at everything around him and make a choice. For me this has been the hardest choice of my life decing to say that's a wrap and call it a day to a game that has been my life since I was 4.

"Every player probably has regrets, I wish I would of lifted harder there, I should of fought this guy here, should of signed with this team instead etc etc. But for me I have zero regrets. This game has given me so many blessings. To say I have been drafted into the NHL, that I got to play one step below the NHL, that I played along side the likes of Carey Price, Clayton Stoner and so many others, to have been able to travel the world and to have made great and best friends from hockey. But the biggest blessing has definitely been my wife Jennifer. I met her because of hockey and we have an amazing son, Liam, who is our world and you never know we may have a couple more. So for me there are no regrets.

"I want to thank everyone who has helped along the way. My parents who without them I wouldn't be where I am today. My brothers for always being there for me. My in laws for always being positive and supportive. To the coaches who believed in me and gave me a chance. To the fans from around the world, thank you guys for always cheering and supporting me.

"Jen and I have loved our time in Edinburgh and we have been blessed with meeting so many people who we are now proud to call friends. I am grateful that Scott Neil gave me the opportunity to come to Edinburgh and I have so many great memories. The role of Coach in Edinburgh isn't without it's challenges but the club has so much potential and I really hope that they will be able to build things up with whoever they appoint as a new coach and make the Capitals a force to be reckoned with.

"The tough question is what am I going to do with my life now. Well I figured I would get into the family business. Hockey will always be a part of my life I can't wait to keep coaching younger players, helping with hockey schools, and one day if Liam, or if we have another kid, decides to play hockey to coach them. And now on to the next chapter of our lives."