Panthers add two more to their roster

Nottingham Panthers have added two more players to their roster, with Sam Oakford and Dan Green both agreeing another season with the club.

Oakford (above) joined the Panthers in 2014 and has gone on to make over 120 appearances, while Green has signed up for his seventh season as one of Panthers’ back-up netminders.

Head Coach Corey Neilson said: “The Elite League gets more competitive every year and teams need to have depth on the bench.

“I’ve spoken at length with Sam and he knows he will have to fight for every minute of ice time once more.

“He made great strides last season and more than played his part in helping the team win two trophies, not least when he allowed some of the so-called bigger names a chance to enjoy longer breaks on the bench during matches.

“It’ll be tough for him but he is relishing the challenge as he aims to continue to establish himself at the highest level.

“There’s not a lot to add to what we’ve said before about Dan. He’s a great guy and he works hard week in week out.

“He helps the shooters by getting on the ice early and off last at training, he knows his role. Back-up netminder is a difficult job and he knows what’s involved.

“When we throw him in at the deep end he can win us games. He’s proved it in the past and he will do it again.

“He’s very popular in the locker room and with everyone at the club.”

(Image permission: Karl Denham)

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