Stanislav Lascek has left MK Lightning after failing to reach performance objectives out on the ice.
The 28-year-old joined the roster 18 months ago, but after a promising season last year, has faltered this term.
Lightning currently sit fifth in the English Premier League, with seven wins and 13 defeats to their name.
Coach Nick Poole says Slovakian Lascek will be the first to admit he hasn’t lived up to expectations this season.
“It’s always very disappointing when we feel we need to make a change mid-season,” he said. “However, we are not happy with our present standing in the league and we don’t feel we are hitting our performance objectives.
“We feel we need to bring in some fresh legs that can give our team a lift over the coming weeks as we look to move up the table.
“Unfortunately it’s often our overseas players that must bear this, and I know Stano would be the first to admit that he has not performed at last year’s levels.
“Stan has been a fantastic player for us and is a great person and we’re sorry to see him go, but it is in the club’s best interests to make this change now when a new player has time to bed in.
“I would like to thank Stan for all his efforts over the last 18 months and we wish him every success in the future.”
Lightning hope to announce Lascek’s replacement before Saturday’s game with Wightlink Raiders.