Corey Neilson’s team-building plans for Nottingham Panthers have been dealt a double blow, after two key players confirmed they would not be returning next season.
Evan Mosey has landed an opportunity with an AHL team, while Matthew Myers has quit the club to return to his home in Cardiff although his playing future is not yet decided.
Mosey said: “It is with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to leave the club and pursue an opportunity in North America.
“In sports each and every player wants an opportunity to play at the highest possible level. From my youth days through Juniors, NCAA DI, Dutch League, EIHL, Team GB and now the AHL.
“It goes without saying that the coaches, staff, teammates and incredible Panthers fans all helped to make this possible.
“I will not forget my time with the Panthers organisation and hope to return some day.”
Myers has decided to return to South Wales after admitting he struggled being away from his wife and relatives who remained in Cardiff throughout last season.
“It is with a heavy heart that I cannot make a return to Nottingham due to family commitments in Cardiff,” said Myers.
“I’m really upset to make this decision, but the one thing that makes it easier to say is that together in Nottingham we’ve achieved great things and won many titles and for that I thank everyone involved in the organisation.”
Neilson, who has signed defenseman Jeff Dimmen for a second season, said: “Of course we wish both the guys who’ve chosen not to come back the very, very best for their futures and everyone at the Panthers thanks them for their efforts and their help in achieving trophy successes.
“These things happen in sport, we all know that and we are all experienced enough to be able to handle it and deal with it and move on.”
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