Nottingham Panthers have signed Quebec native Mathieu Tousignant.
Tousignant, 30, has played over 300 AHL games and has been playing for DVTK Jegesmedvék in the Slovakian league.
Nottingham Panthers director of hockey, Gui Doucet said: “The funds have been there for an additional signing for a while, but I didn’t want to sign just any old player. We’ve already got a spare, we’ve got the likes of Brett Perlini classed as British and I didn’t think bringing in a ‘plug’ was the answer.
“When the agents and contacts weren’t able to offer us what we were looking for at this time I started going over old ground and checking up on the summer targets to see if any of those might be available.
“That’s when negotiations about Mathieu started. The deal was struck. He had to play for his team on the Continent one last time last night as part of his release clause but he’s on his way now and I think he will be a great addition to the squad.”
He could make his debut this weekend, although the club admit it is a ‘race against time’ to get the paperwork ready.