Sheffield Steelers have sacked coach Doug Christiansen after less than a year in charge.
The American leaves the Steelers in third position in the Elite League and in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, in which they trail Nottingham Panthers 5-3 from Wednesday's first leg.
Captain Steve Goertzen has been placed in caretaker charge of the first team.
Christiansen learned his fate at a meeting with Steelers owner Tony Smith.
His dismissal follows Tuesday's departure of assistant coach Mark LeFebvre to take over as head coach of Coventry Blaze.
Smith told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It's not a decision I've taken lightly because I sought Doug for this season.
"It just hasn't worked out and I have not been happy with performances for some time. We are in a results-driven business.
"I think the team had lost their identity a bit this year and nobody would have expected that. I have to hold up my hands and say 'I made the wrong choice'.
"I'm sure we won't have a shortage of applications for the job but we have to find the right person now."