Nottingham Panthers have confirmed that 26 year old, British trained Canadian forward Tyler VanKleef has signed with them on a short term try-out.
Van Kleef has been training in Nottingham recently and has been offered a short term deal. Rich Chernomaz has brought in the Dundas, Ontario native due to the injury to Jon Rheault and Tim Billingsley being allowed a leave of absence for compassionate reasons.
Van Kleef has most recently been with Evansville Thunderbolts of the SPHL, where in the 2017-18 season, he played 27 games scoring 11 times adding 10 assists with a points total of 21. He also spent time on loan with Wichita Thunder, Rapid City Rush and Wheeling Nailers, all of the ECHL where he managed 4 points in a total of 17 games. He began his hockey career with the Stoney Creek Warriors of the GOJHL.
His most successful season in hockey was in 2012-13 when with the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL. He played 52 games with a total points haul of 40 points.
Chernomaz has worked quick to add to the ranks after the omissions to the satisfaction of the Panthers Nation.
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