Great Britain forward Craig Peacock has rocked the Belfast Giants by deciding to quit the club after seven seasons.
The 27-year-old failed to agree terms on a new contract to stay at the SSE Arena and has instead joined Elite League rivals Braehead Clan on a two-year deal.
The Giants revealed Peacock’s departure on Twitter, saying: “Both sides could not reach an agreement with Belfast (Giants) unable to make promises of increased ice time and the forward has decided to move on.
“We would like to thank Craig for his service to the Giants over seven years — winning three major titles and also second in all-time goals and points.”
Peacock’s departure leaves Giants player-coach Derrick Walser and Head of Hockey Operations Steve Thornton with a gaping hole to fill.
The Peterborough-born forward is one of the leading British players in the league and with a limit on the number of imports, the Giants must now attempt to replace his firepower with another homegrown star.
Peacock previously left the Giants to sign for the Frederikshavn White Hawks in Denmark three years ago, but he was back in Belfast by mid-October after failing to settle, knocking back interest from other Elite League clubs.