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Guildford Flames' Lillieström Karlsson retires after 'significant concussion'

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Guildford Flames' Lillieström Karlsson retires after 'significant concussion'

Published at 2:34pm 25th October 2017.

A Guildford Flames forward has been medically advised to retire at the age of just 24.

David Lillieström Karlsson suffered significant concussion earlier this season and hasn't iced since 30 September.

He made seven cup and league starts for the club, scoring four goals.

Lillieström Karlsson previously iced for the Swedish under 20 national team and club sides including Huddinge IK, AIK and Östersunds IK.

Speaking on his departure from the sport, he said: "I want to thank everyone at the Flames organisation for making my stay in Guildford as amazing as it was.

"Everyone, from my amazing teammates, coaching staff to the fantastic fans has been a factor, and I truly loved my stay in your city.

"I will come back to the Spectrum this season to support the team, and I’m sure that they will be able to fight for the top spots in the end of the season. I will never forget my time in the Flames jersey.”

Meanwhile Head Coach Paul Dixon added: "I think all around, there is a sense of devastation for David.

"We are all saddened by what he has lost in not being able to continue to play.

“Sometimes we get carried away with how important wins and losses are or how we compete on the ice, or this or that, but we actually work in life’s toy department, and something like this reminds us that there are many more important things than what we do every day.”

“David is just 24 years old and it is hard to even imagine the difficult times he will face while coming to grips with his news, and the change it will be for the life he has known.”

“He was a great addition to the team and we are so sorry to seem him go under these circumstances. We wish David all the best as he continues his recovery and as he moves into the next phase of his life.”


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