The Halifax Mooseheads cut one of the franchise’s all-time leaders in games played yesterday morning.

Veteran defenceman Ben MacAskill was let go after 224 games of service, 10th on the team’s all-time list. The former first-round draft choice spent four seasons with the Mooseheads, posting nine goals and 51 assists for 60 points.

MacAskill was one of five players in camp fighting for as many as three over-age spots, but fell short.

“It was a difficult choice for us,” said Mooseheads head coach and general manger Cam Russell. “Ben was an important part of our team for four years and we wish him all the best.”

The move leaves four over-agers on the roster: Yuri Cheremetiev, Alexandre Brunet, Linden Bahm and Eric Louis-Seize. Louis-Seize may ultimately be the odd man out. Forty-six players remain on the Mooseheads’ pre-season roster.