16 Jan 2013

Hopping retires from international hockey

5:54 pm on 16 January 2013

The New Zealand hockey player Blair Hopping has announced his retirement from the international.

32-year-old Hopping says after 13 years he'll miss test hockey but is looking forward to more time with his young family.

The defender has had an outstanding career and is one of four players in New Zealand's history to have played more than 250 games, retiring from the international circuit with 264 caps.

He has attended two Commonwealth Games (Manchester and Melbourne), three World Cups (Malaysia, Germany and India) and three Olympics (Athens, Beijing and London).

Hopping notes that a highlight was collecting a silver medal at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, in particular the semi-final where New Zealand beat Pakistan for the first time ever.