After 10 years and three MISL championships, Milwaukee Wave defender and Cedarburg native Joe Hammes has officially announced his retirement.
"I would like to thank the Wave organization for giving me the opportunity to play for the last 10 years. I also want to thank all of the fans who continue to give so much support to the team, as it truly is an honor to play in front of the best fans in the league," Hammes said. "I especially want to thank (head coach Keith) Tozer, the assistant coaches, and all of my teammates throughout the 10 years, all of whom I consider close friends.
"I am very proud of all our accomplishments, highlighted by winning three MISL Championships. I am going to miss going into battle with my teammates each and every game, but I know that I am leaving the team in very good hands, as coach has again assembled a team that is capable of bringing home another Championship to Milwaukee. I wish coach and the team all the best in the future."
Hammes will be honored during halftime of the Feb. 16 contest against the Pennsylvania Roar at U.S. Cellular Arena at 2 p.m.
"Joe will be missed on the playing side and the leadership side," head coach Tozer said. "Over his 10-year career he has been instrumental in winning championships. He will be greatly missed on and off the field. We wish him nothing but the best."
In the 2012-13 season, Hammes scored a career high 31 points with 9 goals, 10 assists and was named the MISL Defensive Player of the Month in November after scoring 12 points in four games.
He also notched a season high seven points in the MISL playoffs. Hammes also was a two-time MISL Defensive Player of the Week in the 2006-07 season.
Hammes finished his career with 70 goals, 52 assists and three championship rings.