Former Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Kyle McGrath has decided to retire from hockey.
The 19-year-old, who was released by the Screaming Eagles on Aug. 27, announced the news on his Instagram account.
“After a stressful and emotional few weeks,” he wrote, “from getting released, to trying Junior A, I’ve decided to step back from pursuing hockey and go home to start school.
“Hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”
The St. John’s native, who was traded to Cape Breton from Charlottetown in January 2017, appeared in 38 career games with the Screaming Eagles, recording four goals and two assists.
According to the social media post, McGrath will attend university in Newfoundland.
McGrath is a former leading scorer and playoff MVP in the provincial major midget league.
He was drafted in the sixth round, 101st overall, by the Islanders in the 2016 QMJHL midget draft.