COVENTRY Blaze head coach Danny Stewart has been dealt a further blow as his side prepare for the 2018/19 Elite League season.
Following news netminder Kevin Nastiuk won’t be able to return, Stewart has now received confirmation another fan favourite in Danick Paquette will also no longer be back for a second year with the club due to personal reasons.
The 28-year-old Canadian iced 47 times last season, scoring 12 goals, 20 assists for 32 points, whilst also amassing a total of 238 penalty minutes.
Before his single year in Europe, the rugged winger was a draft pick of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and played in 341 ECHL and six AHL games.
Stewart said: “We are very frustrated and upset to hear the news regarding Danick.
“He played a pivotal role for us down the stretch last season and became a fan favourite.
“Things happen in life, and due to personal reasons unknown at this time, Danick has decided not to fulfil his commitment next season.
“There was a delay in his visa process, but shortly after he received clearance, he made the decision.
“We were expecting big things from him this season, and it will be tough to replace him at this point but the search begins immediately.
“All we can do is wish him the best in the future and thank him for his time here in Coventry.”