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February 21, 2017
City Islanders' forward Garret Pettis announces retirement

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Harrisburg City Islanders forward Garret Pettis has announced his retirement, the team announced Monday.

Pettis, who joined the City Islanders in 2012, played at David Lipscomb University, thrice named to the Atlantic Sun all-Conference team and being chosen conference freshman of the year. Pettis, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and a former member of the City Islanders Youth Academy, totaled nine goals in 86 games for the City Islanders. Pettis helped key the City Islanders’ run to the 2014 USL finals, totaling three goals and two assists in 671 minutes.

“It’s tough to lose Garret and he will certainly be missed,” City Islanders coach Bill Becher said. “He’s been here for five years and he’s been a big part of our success over those five years, including the run to the 2014 finals. He has not only been a valuable member on the field but he’s been a valued member off the field. He’s been a leader in the locker room and he’s just one of those guys that you like to have around your team. We wish him the best with his next endeavor. He will certainly be missed here.”

“The hardest part about hanging up the boots is realizing how important everyone I’ve ever played with has been to me and my identity, and how strangely alone I feel without you all now,” Pettis wrote on an Instagram post. “For everyone who has ever supported me, I thank you. And for everyone who has ever bled, battled, and fought with me, there is a special place in my heart for you. I love you.”

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