Defenceman Ben Blood has left Cardiff Devils to sign a two-year deal with Tappara of the Finnish Liiga.
The Elite League side will now look to sign a replacement after a departure the Welsh club say is "disappointing."
"We obviously are extremely disappointed Ben is leaving the club, but on the flip side, this is a great opportunity for him," Devils managing director Todd Kelman said.
Devils agreed a compensation package for the loss of Blood.
"We will never agree to release a player without ensuring the compensation covers everything we have invested in the player," Kelman added.
"Tappara and us have agreed a fair package to get this done."