This will come as a bit of a shock to all my faithful readers but I've reluctantly decided - after some sleepless nights - that I no longer have the enthusiasm to carry on with the Annual after 40 years and 41 books. The 2016-17 edition was the final one.
The Annual has been hard work but great fun and an honour to cover this great game for so long. It's probably the UK's oldest established sports yearbook edited by one person. Maybe I'll check this out with the Guinness Book of Records sometime.
Many thanks for your support over the years. I haven’t left the game entirely, however. I’ll be updating the website and continue posting on Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile – enjoy your hockey and tell your friends!