NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Nate Kiser has never had a problem going to work, but working for his gutter company while the Stingrays are practicing will certainly take some getting used to.
"Obviously a bit hard, a bit different, been playing hockey my whole life," said Kiser, who was a Stingrays enforcer for 7 years.
For years, Kiser was the heart and sole of the team, but that time has now come to an end. With new Head Coach Spencer Carbery taking over, Kiser was informed about what players would be sent down from Washington, which meant Carbery had to part ways with Kiser.
"He is one of the all time greats. It was just a situation with numbers coming from our affiliate. We felt it was time to move on," said Carbery.
Kiser understands the decision, but that doesn't make it any easier.
"Extremely tough, always hope it is going to be your choice wether or not you can continue to play. I would have defiantly loved to play another year," said Kiser. "I am sure that was an extremely difficult decision for him to make. He's a neighbor of mine, friend and former teammate.
He says his best memories as a player were with the Stingrays winning the 2009 Kelly Cup.
Kiser says he'll be fine in the future working full time with the gutter business he started with former Stingrays Head Coach Jason Fitzsimmons, but there is one thing that's for sure. Nate Kiser is done playing hockey.
"My last game has been played, I have to move forward with my life, I can't sit and chase the dream of possibly playing 2 games here and there. I wouldn't want to do that to myself, my team, the organization, the fans. I've given everything I have the past 7 years."
Kiser will be inducted into the Stingrays' Hall of Fame on Friday, October 14th during the first intermission of the Stingrays game against the Reading Royals.