TRURO - The Truro Bearcats have parted company with skilled forward Cole Hawes.
Cole Hawes, who was expected to be a key player for the Truro Bearcats this season, is no longer with the team.
Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said the 20-year-old centre's commitment level to the team wasn't where it needed to be.
"There's certain requirements you have to meet to be with the organization," said Evans.
"Everybody's got priorities, but if you're gonna play for the Bearcats we have to be at the top of the list."
Evans last spoke with Hawes last Monday and informed him that "he was becoming a distraction" to the team. He said he gave Hawes an opportunity to return to the Bearcats the following day, however, he declined.
"It didn't appear his heart was into playing hockey or playing with the Bearcats," Evans said.
Hawes, a native of Tangier, Halifax County, joined the Bearcats this season. He played in Truro during parts of the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. He also has three years experience in the Quebec major junior league.
Last season, he played 62 games in the Q with Sherbrooke and Drummondville and scored 12 goals and added 31 assists.
"The disappointing thing for the team is he could have been a premier player in this league," Evans said.
In five games with the Bearcats this season Hawes had one goal.
Hawes will remain on the team's protected list, and if he requests a trade, Evans said he "would look into that for him."
Hawes wasn't available for comment.
The Bearcats return to action in the Maritime Junior Hockey League tonight when they host the Summerside Western Capitals (Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 7 p.m.)
The Bearcats will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid after falling 4-2 in Dieppe on Thursday and 4-1 in Yarmouth last Friday.
"No excuses, we haven't played well enough the last two games to deserve to win," Evans said.
"We need to play better and we're hoping to get some games under our belt and hopefully get some wins."