It was a mutual decision that helped the Prince George Cougars get down in overage numbers on Monday.
Veteran defenceman Kurt Torbohm, 20, has left the team, which leaves the Cats with their quota of three overage players -- forwards James Dobrowolski and Parker Stanfield, and goaltender Morgan Clark.
"He's not going to be with us -- he may not even play hockey," said Cougars general manager Dallas Thompson.
"He recognized the situation, which was good. He wants to get on with things. As our team moves forward, we'll decide if we have to do something different with our 20-year-olds."
Further moves after a weekend exhibition trip to Alberta have the Cougars at 27 players, broken down to 17 forwards, eight defenceman and just two goaltenders. Clark and James Priestner, a 19-year-old who is back with the squad after quitting in mid-season last winter, comprise the tandem after two 16-year-olds, Devon Fordyce and Tyler Santos, were reassigned to their midget teams.
For more, see The Citizen, Tuesday edition.