Nottingham Panthers have added two more star studded players to their roster ahead of next months 2021 Elite Series with Kevin Domingue joining the returning defenceman Mark Matheson who will also make up part of the clubs coaching staff as assistant coach to Tim Wallace.
Domingue is a right-shooting centreman and joins the Panthers for the series after a spell with the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers during the 2020/21 season – his first stint as a professional.
Panthers Scouts have described him as a late bloomer. Kevin spent four years at the University of Ottawa, who play in the Canadian University Sports League which has produced many players that have gone on to successful careers in the EIHL.
He racked up 127 points (71 goals and 56 assists) in 112 regular season games at university and he also recorded 27 points (17 goals and 10 assists) in 23 playoff games during his time at Ottawa.
The native of Laval, Quebec says he’s “excited to pull on the black and gold” in the Elite Series and show the team what he can bring to the table.
Matheson, nicknamed “Mad Dog” iced in 64 games for the Panthers during the 2019/20 season where he registered 56 points (11 goals and 45 assists) after making the move from arch-rivals Sheffield in the summer of 2019 and he will be back on the blueline for the Elite Series throughout April.
Capable of logging monster minutes, as proven during the 2019/20 Continental Cup, Mark will add a much needed veteran presence to Director of Hockey Gui Doucet’s roster when the series faces-off.
He played a handful games in Romania after the cancellation of the 2020/21 Elite League season but is itching to get back in the black & gold of The Nottingham Panthers and has stayed in constant touch with the team.
In an interview with Nottingham Panthers Director of Hockey, Gui Doucet said of Canadian forward Kevin Domingue that he “wants to be here”.
Doucet went on to say “that’s a big plus” in his decision making behind the signing of a player who has limited professional experience but who has come through the same university system as Doucet himself.
Gui says he has been following the 25-year-old throughout his college career and believes he has found proven goal scorer who will help the Panthers in the Elite Series.
Doucet told Panthers’ Radio, with Xynomix, that Domingue knows how to put the puck in the net.
The Elite Series will get underway on Saturday 3rd April as Coventry Blaze take on Manchster Storm before Nottingham host Sheffield Steelers with all games in the competition played at the Motorpoint Arena.
*Main image @PanthersIHC Kevin Domingue comes to Nottingham with good pedigree.