Ryan Bowness, who appeared in 12 games for the Reign last season before sustaining a season-ending injury in November, said he has retired from professional hockey.
Bowness was part of the Reign’s inaugural roster and scored one goal while recording 21 penalty minutes. He broke his hand during a fight against the Utah Grizzlies on November 5, underwent surgery a month later, and remained on injured reserve the rest of the season.
“After missing the majority of this past season, obviously it is tough for someone to have seen me play and give me a chance,” he said. “With an injury like that to my hand, you just never know how long it will take to fully heal. As for what’s next, I am waiting to hear back on a couple of jobs in hockey, so I’m hopeful to stay in the game.”
Bowness’ father, Rick, is an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks and has served as the head coach for five different NHL teams in his career.