Hockey Wales’ most capped men’s player Lewis Prosser has announced his retirement from international hockey.
Since receiving his first cap in 2008 Lewis has gone on to achieve 180 caps for Wales earning him the title of Wales’ most capped ever men’s hockey player.
Lewis has been a key figure in the men’s team for 15 years, featuring in 3 Commonwealth Games, 7 Europeans and captaining Wales to their historic first appearance at the Hockey World Cup 2023.
Speaking upon his retirement Lewis said:
“After 15 years playing for Hockey Wales I’ve decided to make one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make and retire. Being introduced to hockey through my Dad at 7 years old, it has been my passion and sole focus since then. My Dad, David Prosser represented Wales & GB and since his passing a couple of years ago, hockey has never been the same for me.
Since my first cap in 2008 I’ve loved every minute playing for Wales and want to thank all the management staff throughout my whole career for the trust and support they have given me and the squads I’ve been part of. I’m going to miss my teammates more than anything, the relationship we’ve had in the current squad, I’ve always said has been different to any other squad I’ve been part of and a key contribution to how we’ve come from being ranked 37th to 15th in World.
Grateful to all my family, friends, clubs and sponsors for all the support they have given me over the years, I appreciate it more than you know. I’ve had the most unforgettable experiences over the last 15 years that I will cherish for the rest my life.
I hope to see the team continue the success we’ve had over the last few years and will be supporting anyway I can.”
Men’s Head Coach Danny Newcombe commented:
“It is impossible to put into words the commitment and contribution Lewis has made to the senior men’s squad over his career. Through his 180 caps he has been instrumental to the progress and success we have had through his consistently high levels of performance on pitch, combined with his leadership off the pitch. On a personal note I would like to thank Lewis for everything he has done, it has been a genuine pleasure and you will be missed by all the staff and players.”