Mathieu Roy says when a player is cut from any club’s roster it sends wake-up call to everyone on the remaining roster.
Sheffield Steelers have ended the employment of two forwards, Brady Ramsay and Andre Deveaux in the last fortnight - at a time when consistency has been hard to find.
Ramsay seems to have been regarded surplus to requirements where as Deveaux did not bring the fair-minded and honest style of play - or team camaraderie - the club needs to keep in touch with the division’s leaders.
Winger Roy said employment termination reminds surviving players that nobody can rest on their laurels - professional sport is a business.
Asked about the first player’s exit, he said: “Deveaux came here, it didn’t work out with us.
“The team made a decision and everyone needs to look in the mirror and look at what can happen. Mathieu Roy - seen it all before, but player movement is never pleasant.]#
“It is part of the game. We are old enough to turn a page and look forward.”
Asked if it was a warning shot, he replied: “Ofcourse it is, everybody thinks about their job - you never know what can happen. “But I think we have a good group of guys and we’ll stick together and go all the way.”
Steelers who play Friday night at Braehead Clan said the team benefited from the dressing room appearance of injured Zack Fitzgerald, still feeling the effects of jaw and teeth issues.
“He is a big part of our team. It is hard when he is not there especially when we’ve got four or five ‘D.’
“It’s good to see him in the locker room, he brings a good vibe to the team, he is a positive guy.”
Roy, scorer of a brace last Sunday against Milton Keynes Lightning but in the unusual position of the club’s eighth top point scorer in League and Challenge Cup, expects a tough reception at Clan tomorrow night.
They are fifth from bottom of the Elite League but are capable of springing a shock.
One player who will be looking forward to the game in particular will be Robert Dowd. He has scored 13 goals and 13 assists against them in the two clubs’ 25 game history - more than any player other than the retired Jeff Legue. Clan are six points and four places behind Sheffield in the EIHL and want to close the gap, especially after being shut out 3-0 by Nottingham Panthers last Sunday.
*Basingstoke Bison forward Josh Smith has replaced Sheffield Steelers prospect Kieran Brown in the GB Under-20s squad for the U20s World Championship which begins in Dumfries this weekend.
The forward has picked up an injury and is not fit enough for the tournament.
This will be Smith’s second Under-20 World Championship after appearing for GB last year in Budapest.
Dumfries Ice Bowl is the venue for the six-team IIHF Division II Group A competition, as GB play host to Estonia, Japan, Korea, Netherlands and Romania.
The tournament runs from 10th to 16th December and GB get their campaign under way on Sunday against Romania (8pm).
GB U20s head coach, Slava Koulikov, said: "This is, of course, a real disappointment for Kieran and it is such a shame he has had to pull out with injury.
"But we have a talented squad and I said at the time of naming the roster that some quality players missed out on the final selection.
"Josh will now link up with the squad and he is a great replacement."
Smith will arrive in Dumfries this afternoon ahead of this evening's warm-up game against Korea.
Entrance to the game at the Dumfries Ice Bowl is free and face-off is 8pm.