It’s August and how us hockey fans have longed for this time. It’s just over 4 months since the puck finally dropped on the ice, Cardiff walking away from our den carrying the Playoff trophy aloft.
The Nottingham Panthers Sign Right Winger – Jon Rheault
The Nottingham Panthers have signed American born forward: Jon Rheault for the upcoming season. Jon was a fifth round NHL draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006. Since then, he has played in the ECHL and AHL, before having a short stint with the Florida Panthers, in the NHL.
The 31 year old was a DEL champion in the season of 2014-2015, while playing with the Adler Mannheim. He had three seasons in the DEL before moving to the Swiss league of the NLB in 16/17; and then onto the Austrian league of EBEL in the previous season.
Chernomaz spoke to Panthers’ Radio ‘Xynomix’ and said that “He has tremendous speed”, which coincides with the type of team that the head coach is intending to build; having quick wingers, for a heavily offensive based strategy.
In his younger years of playing hockey, he played for Province University in the NCAA, and during his first year with the team he ascertained the Rev. Herman Schneider Award, which was given to the team’s most valuable freshman. He also received the Lou Lamoriello Award in his next two seasons with the university, which is awarded to the most valuable player.
It will be exciting to see what he brings to the team come August when the pre-season starts. An interesting match up for line mates could be Farmer on left wing, who also possesses speed and agility, and could make for a great forward line.
The 2017/2018 season for Panther fans was a little on the disappointing side. After an unbelievable run in the CHL (Champions Hockey League); defeating European giants the likes of: SC Bern, TPS Turku and Mountfield HK, to then struggling in domestic territory to even string a win together. The 2017/2018 season also saw legends of the club, head coach and ex-defence Corey Neilson, and forward David Clarke disembark from their long journey with the Nottingham Panthers.
With playoff weekend in the Elite League almost upon us, I took to Facebook to ask some veterans of the event what advice they’d give a newbie. I got some interesting answers!
“Bunkers is a must. Take selfies with the mascots outside. Enjoy the festival atmosphere. Make friends with some Fife fans and watch in awe as the Braehead fans have the time of their lives!” – Sarah Cutts
“Think you will have a great time the atmosphere is unreal the whole hockey family under one roof even if your team’s not there everyone has great time, magic weekend.” – Leslie Harrison
“There are three bars around the arena – saltbox, bunkers and legend. All within walking distance of the city. Subway is across the road and town is 5 mins walk to all the pubs for food. Just have a laugh, sing songs, talk to fans, and just remember what happens in Nottingham will be all over Facebook on Monday hehehe missed 1 play offs weekend since Wembley days! Love the whole weekend!” – Kellie Langdown
Sounds family friendly right? I’m taking in the Saturday with my five year old daughter Sophia, so I’m limited in terms of what I can do.
You however, might not be taking a child with you. So here are the more ‘grown up’ suggestions I got.
“If you think you’re as drunk as you can possibly be, find Brian Stewart and prove yourself incredibly wrong 😂 Stewie Watch is a must.” – Hollz Cooper
“Go to Bunkers, drink lots, speak to everyone, have an amazing time and drink champagne for breakfast, that’s what I do!” – Gail Mallarky