Providence junior forward Garrett Gamez has been forced to retire as a player due to a health-related issue with his heart. Gamez will continue with the program as a student assistant coach under Nate Leaman.
Gamez collapsed on the bench during a Hockey East playoff game at Notre Dame on March 11. He missed the remainder of the season.
Gamez had been working closely with doctors at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. Gamez said in a statement that he has undergone continuous testing over the last several months, and recently talked to doctors about the accumulated results of those tests.
“After speaking with the doctors, we have come to the conclusion that playing hockey would require risks to my health that I am not willing to take,” Gamez said. “I can’t explain how hard this decision was to make. With that being said, I can’t thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches enough for all the support they have given me through this tough time.”
Added Leaman: “Garrett’s health and well-being go beyond hockey and we completely support his decision. Not only is Garrett a terrific hockey player, he is an even better person and someone who truly embodies the spirit of a Providence College student-athlete. We are fortunate that he will be around the program to assist on a daily basis.”
Below is Gamez’s full statement:
— PC Men's Hockey (@FriarsHockey) August 22, 2017