The players and staff of the Estevan Bruins would like to send our best wishes to Matthew Chekay as he is forced to walk away from the game of hockey.
A concussion suffered in the season opener on September 14th in Melville is the latest of several over the last few seasons and ultimately signifies the end of his time in Estevan and the SJHL.
It has been an emotional time for Chekay, who had this to say about his decision:
“It’s not an easy decision but after careful consideration, I’ve decided it is in my long term best interest to move on from contact hockey.”
Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Chris Lewgood shared some thoughts on Chekay’s retirement:
“It’s always sad to see a player forced into walking away from the game early. Matthew has worked very hard at becoming the player he is today, and it seems unfair that it be taken away from him like this. That being said, ‘Cheks’ has an incredibly bright future ahead of him away from the ice and this decision is clearly the right one for his long-term health.”
The Regina-born Chekay (’99) was entering his second season with the Estevan Bruins after three years of Midget AAA hockey with the Regina Pat Canadians.
Matthew Chekay Had 15 Points (8G, 7A) And 112 PIM In 37 Regular Season Games, Along With 2 Assists In 13 Playoff Games, Last Season.