Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
It’s something Trey Lewis says hasn’t sunk in yet. He’s not sure when it will.
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Trey Lewis has been cut by the Halifax Mooseheads due to the uncertainty of his health.
After pouring his heart and soul into the Halifax Mooseheads for four seasons, the team’s captain and 20-year-old defenceman is the odd-man out as the club finalized its three overage spots for the season on Monday.
Lewis has been out of the lineup since early October with a torn labrum in his hip, an injury that will eventually need surgery.
“It’s devastating for sure. It’s definitely tough,” Lewis said. “I kind of knew it was coming. It’s an injury that doesn’t get better unless I have surgery.
“It’s understandable but it’s devastating on my part.”
Lewis was told of the team’s decision prior to Saturday’s home game against the Saint John Sea Dogs. Head coach Dominique Ducharme told the players Monday morning.
Lewis will now join the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s Miramichi Timberwolves, while remaining on the Mooseheads’ 55-man protected list.
“The decision is 100 per cent based on his health,” Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell said. “This is a very tough day for myself and the coaching staff, and the fans alike. Trey is such an exciting player and great leader.”
While Lewis says he’s healthy enough to be back in the lineup, the 20-year-old understands his future in junior hockey is murky.
Lewis wants to see how long he can keep playing before needing the surgery. The Mooseheads aren’t willing to take the risk.
“It’s just one of those wear and tear things – it could come back at any time,” said Lewis, who has been practicing for a week and says he’s feeling much, much better.
“I wanted to play with Halifax and I would’ve played through the pain if they were willing to take the risk.”
Lewis played 206 games for Halifax, collecting 16 goals, 47 assists and 248 penalty minutes. He was co-captain of the Mooseheads’ Memorial Cup winning squad last season, and this year, was the sole captain.
Halifax is now keeping Brent Andrews, Brendan Duke and Darcy Ashley as its three 20-year-olds for the season.
“We said since Day 1 we were fortunate to have four very good individuals, very good hockey players,” Russell said. “We are happy with the three players we have left.”
Russell isn’t ruling out the possibility of trading Lewis to another QMJHL team. Lewis says, for now, he’s just looking forward to playing in his hometown of Miramichi.
“Just want to thank everyone who has supported me over these last 4 seasons to make them the best years of my life,” Lewis said in a Tweet to fans after news of his departure was announced. “Thank you.”