Billy Bakker says goodbye to top hockey after 14 seasons men 1 and retires from both the first of Amsterdam and the Dutch team. Bakker leaves with a beautiful list of achievements: including two won National Championships with Amsterdam, 233 games for the Dutch, a silver Olympic medal, two times second in the world, three times European champion and much more.
At the end of 2020, the Amsterdam captain of nine seasons already made the decision for himself.
“Regardless of the result, I had already decided to quit after the Olympics”, he says. And that felt good, but now it also brings a weird feeling. I was always involved in hockey. It feels very strange not to be now, but I like the past few weeks,” says Bakker. “Of course I don’t know what that will be like in a while, because I still really like the game.”
Bakker is retiring because he wants to focus on social challenges, including his hockey and marketing company with Mirco Pruyser.
“It feels like I’ve already experienced everything that has to do with hockey and of course everything will come to an end” says the Dutch champion of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Chairman Marc Staal too said he would definitely miss Billy,
“Billy Bakker is one of the icons of Amsterdam. It is unique that Billy plays at the club from Boys 8E1, goes through the entire youth, is in Men’s 1 for 14 years and eventually says goodbye as captain of Men’s 1 and the Dutch team. Very nice that this can be done within our club and Billy is therefore a fantastic example for all boys and girls from the youth. He means a lot to us on and off the field and we are proud of his achievements. We will definitely miss Billy in the first, but are very happy that he remains an active member of Amsterdam.”
“Hockey club Amsterdam means a lot to me. It’s more than an association. It will always be a second home for me. You will probably see me a lot at the club in the future, maybe together with my children if they want to play hockey”, Bakker concluded.