Pat Healey Announces His Retirement
Blast captain and MASL Defender of the year, Pat Healey, has announced his retirement from professional soccer. The defender has been a core player in his 8 seasons with the Blast and has led some of the best defenses in the history of indoor soccer.
Pat Healey began his career with the Blast in 2008 when he was named NISL Rookie of the Year. Never looking back Pat went on to be named to all-league teams in 4 seasons and was named Defender of the Year the last two seasons. Pat Healey played the first three seasons as a midfielder and led the team in scoring in the 2010/2011 season. The next season he moved to defender where he continued to excel for the last 5 years. One of Healey’s outstanding accomplishments is never missing a game in his entire career. Over eight seasons, Healey played in all 167 regular season games and 31 postseason games. He earned 3 championships and appeared in 7 finals.
Head coach, Danny Kelly, said “Pat has been everything to this franchise. He’s been an outstanding player, leader, and role model. There isn’t anything he hasn’t accomplished in this league in his career including all-star, defender of the year, multiple championships. You cannot replace what he has given us, period. Pat Healey is the Baltimore Blast.”
Blast owner, Ed Hale, said “Pat has been around since his early days dribbling the ball around the locker room as a student before games at the arena. He is the consummate professional who did everything asked of him. We will certainly miss him on and off the field. We have our work cut out to replace Pat. We all wish him the best at Perry Hall.”
Healey ends his career making quite the impact to Blast franchise records. Healey ranks 6th all-time in blocks, 9th all-time in assists, 20th all-time in games played, and 26th all-time in goals. He is also 2nd in postseason assists, 3rd in postseason blocks, and 23rd in postseason games played.
Healey said “I can’t say enough how appreciative I am to have gotten to be a part of the Baltimore Blast organization for the last 8 years. First, I need to extend my upmost gratitude to Ed Hale, who is bar none the best owner in indoor soccer. The Baltimore Blast is incredibly fortunate to have him. Thank you so much to the outstanding front office and coaches, my amazing teammates and most importantly the fans. Thank you also to my family for supporting me over the past several years as I pursued my professional career. While I am sad to be finished playing, I am grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had and look forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Pat will be moving on from the Blast to teach and coach at Perry Hall Christian School. The entire Blast organization wishes him the best of luck.