Team Great Britain defenceman Josh Tetlow will skate for the Nottingham Panthers in 2023-24, returning to the Motorpoint Arena after spending a season overseas.
The 25-year-old, who helped Team GB win promotion to the top division of international hockey last week, is a five-year veteran of the Elite League with 246 appearances and 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) to his name.
When asked about his return to the Panthers, Tetlow said: “I am really excited to be coming back to Nottingham. This is my home and I love playing here. I had a really enjoyable season in Finland and it has improved my game. I certainly learned a lot last season.
“I can’t wait to get back on the ice in-front of the Panthers supporters again.”
The 6-foot-6 defender spent last season in Mestis – Finland’s second division – with RoKi, recording nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 45 appearances.
Panthers head coach Jonathan Paredes added: “Josh is a big strong defenceman and will make our blueline better next season. He knows the club and knows what it means to be a Panther – and that’s really important.
“We are excited to have him back in Nottingham.”
Analysis: Nottingham Panthers acquire blueline size with Josh Tetlow addition
Imagine you are an Elite League general manager with the opportunity to sign a ‘homegrown’ player who features on the national team regularly.
In that scenario, there isn’t a choice to make –sign the player. Immediately.
The Nottingham Panthers have made a savvy play with Josh Tetlow, who returns to the East Midlands after one season away.
The 1998-born defender is a prime candidate for second pair deployment in the Elite League, with his size and hockey sense dearly missed in Nottingham last season.
While Tetlow has made a handful of snazzy offensive zone plays, defensive work is his strength. He clears the net-front for his goalies, uses his giant stick to create turnovers, and plays responsibly in transitional moments.
There is still plenty of work to do in Nottingham, but Tetlow is a solid addition for the Panthers