Peterborough Phantoms are desperate to hang onto one of their stars of the season.
All-action forward Alan Lack has become a huge fans’ favourite since arriving in the summer.
But work and family commitments are threatening to cut short the Berkshire-based ace’s stay at Planet Ice.
Player-coach Slava Koulikov admitted: “Alan has a new-born baby and a new job starting in January which could affect his ability to commit to Phantoms.
“He knows that I want him to stay because he is a brilliant guy on and off the ice.
“He is popular in the locker room with the other players and the fans’ absolutely love him.”
Lack’s combative approach has earned many admirers in his debut Phantoms campaign.
The former Bracknell and Slough man is never afraid to drop the gloves and was involved in two dust-ups during a 5-4 victory over reigning league champions Manchester Phoenix last Saturday.
Phantoms were beaten 5-2 by Basingstoke in the second part of a home double-header last Sunday and another clash of the second and third-placed teams in the English Premier League follows in Hampshire on Saturday (6.30pm).
Phantoms are back on home ice on Sunday for the visit of Swindon Wildcats (5.30pm) and will hope to continue a winning run against the Wiltshire side after recording home and away successes earlier in the campaign.
Koulikov added: “We are 0-3 over the series against Basingstoke this season, but we haven’t done badly in any of the games.
“They are a very solid team with plenty of depth and have won twice at our rink.
“It would be great if we could get a victory back at their place and hopefully we can carry on our winning record so far against Swindon.”
Homegrown forward Luke Ferrara is expected to return to the Phantoms fold after lining up for Elite League outfit Sheffield Steelers twice last weekend. The 21 year-old is on a two-way deal between the clubs.
Phantoms will be without impressive defenceman Scott Robson for the next two weekends as he is on international duty.
Robson is part of the Great Britain Under 20 squad competing in Division 2A of the World Championships in Estonia from Sunday to next Saturday (December 13).
They will face the host nation, Korea, Lithuania, Holland and Romania after first tackling Finland in a warm-up game on Friday.
The GB Under 20 party also features city talent Lewis Hook who left Phantoms for English Premier League rivals Milton Keynes Lightning during the summer.