Stalwart Cox Confirms Retirement
Oxford City Stars’ final home game of the season is set to be another special night at Oxpens on Sunday as we celebrate a fantastic campaign.
And it will be particularly emotional for club stalwart Andy Cox – who will be icing at Oxpens for the last time, after confirming he is retiring at the end of the season.
It brings a close to a fantastic career with his home club for Oxfordian Cox, 35, who joined the juniors when he was 11-years-old.
The defenceman, who has played for the Stars for 17 seasons, described Oxford as “a special club”.
“It means the world to me to have played for my home club,” he said.
“On a couple of occasions, I played elsewhere when Oxford folded, but it was never the same. Oxford is such a special club, this is my home and I know everyone and how much so many people have put into it to make the Stars successful.
“It’s a very special club, even players who play one season for us continue to follow us and come back and visit. There’s something about Oxford that is different, it’s a family.”
Cox made his debut for the Stars when he was 18 as a forward after graduating from the club’s junior system.
He has won three league titles with the Stars, has experienced many highs and lows and believes the club has a great future.
Cox said: “The highlight of my career was winning the title for the first time with the Stars.
“I also played briefly in the Elite League for the Edinburgh Capitals which was incredible. But playing for my home club has been the best achievement for me, to be part of ice hockey in Oxford has been a dream.
“To finish my career with the double and then the play-offs are incredible really.
“The club is in good hands and is getting more professional, it is in a good place and has a strong platform to build in the right direction. That’s credit to the directors, coaches, players, staff and volunteers. I get players at other clubs messaging me asking about Oxford because people in ice hockey can see we are doing well and doing the right things.
“We have had sell out crowds recently and at this rate we will need a new rink!”
Cox is looking forward to spending time with his family, after becoming a father last year, but will still visit the club as much as he can.
He said: “I don’t know how I will feel when I stop playing. It is the right time to retire, I will miss competing and the release you get from hockey, but I’m looking forward to seeing more of my family and giving my body a rest!
“It means so much to me to have been a part of the club for so long and to have contributed to it. I will play some rec hockey and come and watch some games – the club will always be part of my life.
“The fans have been superb, and it will be an emotional night for me on Sunday.”