Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey team have announced that Great Britain international Robert Farmer has agreed to join a team in Kazakhstan for the 2012/13 campaign.
The 21-year-old, who played 63 games with 29 goals and 27 assists, had been due for a second season at the Blaze but he has opted for a lucrative move to Kazakhstan.
“I want to wish Robert all the best. These guys have been offered unbelievable contracts and we cannot deny Robert that opportunity.”
However, the Blaze have signed Canadian forward Gerome Giudice. .
The 23-year-old was a third round draft pick by Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League in 2005, had two years in Italy with Fassa and had a try-out with American Hockey League side Oklahoma City Barons before spending last season with Tulsa Oilers in the Central Hockey League.
Coach Paul Thompson said to the Blaze website: “Gerome is a leader– he was captain of the Sudbury Wolves for two seasons.
“He is a Ryan Finnerty and Danny Stewart type player. He plays with an edge, he can fight, he is gritty and he is a winner.
“One of the biggest things I liked about Gerome was his attitude. He wants to win and wants to be on a team who knows what it takes to win."