Drew Fata - whose goal won Sheffield Steelers the Play Off trophy - is upset that he has not been awarded another contract at the club.
The 30-year-old Canadian defenceman, whose bullet strike turned the team’s season around at a stroke, had hoped for a third campaign in South Yorkshire.
But a conversation with coach Gerad Adams put paid to that, this week.
Afterwards, he tweeted: “Disappointed the Steelers don’t want me back.”
Fata was behind only Tim Spencer in the penalty-minute stakes, last season and scored twice as many goals than any other Sheffield defenceman.
But Fata is now out of the picture, as is Aaron Nell, whose experimental two-day deal with Swindon Wildcats was not considered a success.
Steelers are looking for another British player to sign on similar terms, however.
Meanwhile, the club is pursuing a Canadian winger who has played in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.
n Sheffield Steeldogs will play a friendly against a Scimitars All Stars team on Saturday, August 2.