The downside of having successful players on an Arena Football League team has once again hit the Tampa Bay Storm.
On Wednesday the Storm announced that Joe Hills, their best receiver, had been picked up by the CFL's Hamilton Tigercats.
"Joe was a very important piece of our offense," said Tampa Bay VP of football operations Jeff Gooch. "Losing a player of his caliber is bittersweet, but we are proud to see him get this opportunity with the Tiger-Cats."
In his three seasons with Tampa Bay, Hills caught at least a touchdown in every game, which stands for the longest active streak on the league. He was an all-league selection in 2013 when he set Storm records for all of the major receiving categories with 133 catches, 1,861 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Despite missing the first four games this year Hills racked up 38 touchdowns to go with 100 catches.
Tampa Bay finished with an 8-10 mark, just missing out on the playoffs. The Storm lost their last four games all to playoff teams, two of them close games to top overall seed Cleveland -- which will host Arizona in the Arena Bowl next weekend.