Bowen decides it's time to hang 'em up

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Jamey Bowen savoured the moment the way most athletes do when it ends.

On Saturday, the Edmonton Rush forward played his last NLL game.

He's decided to move on.

"I'm going to pack 'er in," Bowen said after the 17-11 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks.

"I talked to my wife, and I kind of hemmed and hawed, but I think it's for the best. I just had another baby, I've got three kids all under five and it's a lot.

"I guess it wasn't great with the fact that we had a baby 10 days ago and I've been on the road ever since."

Bowen, 37, scored the first goal in Rush history. The local high school teacher also finished second in team scoring last year with 43 points.

This season he had 44 points despite only playing in 12 of the team's 16 games. He was second among the Rush with 33 assists.

"The body felt better than it ever has," Bowen said. "Even in these back-to-back games, going into them I was told that I probably wasn't going to play them all, and I ended up playing them all. But it was time to go."

Bowen proved to be one of the Rush's strongest players down the stretch.

Prior to Saturday's game he was presented the team's community service award along with Jimmy Quinlan.

Bowen hopes to be back with the Rush in some off-the-floor capacity next season.

"Everything we did this year was an upgrade from last season," Bowen said.

"The guys we brought in were such classy guys. From the start we knew we'd be better this year and I wish them continued success."


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