The Halifax Mooseheads are parting ways with captain Trey Lewis, one of the players who led the franchise to its first ever Memorial Cup victory earlier this year.
The team has finalized its over-age spots for the season and due to the uncertainty of his health, Lewis is the odd man out, the club announced Monday.
"As a great competitor and leader, Trey's passion and enthusiasm will be missed," Cam Russell, the general manager of the Halifax Mooseheads, said in a statement.
"I want to thank Trey for everything he gave to this organization and wish him all the best with his future. He has left his mark on this organization for a long time."
As part of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Mooseheads are allowed three 20-year-old players on their team. This season, those players will be Brent Andrews, Darcy Ashley and Brendan Duke.
Lewis is also 20 years old and has been out of the lineup since early October with a torn labrum in his hip. It is an injury that may require surgery.
A statement from the Halifax Mooseheads said Lewis, who hails from Aldouane, N.B., is planning to join the Maritime Junior A Hockey League's Miramichi Timberwolves. He will remain on the Mooseheads' 55-man protected list.
Soon after the team's decision was publicized, Lewis sent out a tweet thanking the group.
"Just want to thank everyone who has supported me over these last 4 seasons to make them the best years of my life. Thank you," he wrote.
The defenceman played 206 games for the Halifax Mooseheads over four seasons, collecting 16 goals, 47 assists and 248 penalty minutes.