The Nottingham Panthers have confirmed the signing of 27-year-old American forward Matt Lane ready for the 2021/22 Elite League campaign.
Matt joins Nottingham from East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) side Tulsa Oilers where he suited up alongside Kevin Domingue and fellow new Panthers recruit J.C. Brassard during the 20/21 season.
The centre already has experience of playing in Europe after playing for the Italian side Ritten during the 2019/20 season, winning an Italian SuperCup Championship in the process and recording 71 points (32 goals & 39 assists) in 51 games. Ritten may be familiar to Panthers’ fans due to the historic Continental Cup victory there in 2017.
Matt’s junior career saw him win gold with Team USA at the Under18-World Junior Championships (alongside current NHLers such as Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba & Brady Skej) before spending four years at Boston University where he was an NCAA regular season champion in 2014/15.
He also has AHL experience under his belt (Rochester Americans & Milwaukee Admirals) and has worn an “A” on his chest both at university (in his final year) and professionally (last season at Tulsa).
Director of Hockey Gui Doucet thinks Matt is a good fit for the EIHL and says he’s looking forward to watching him in action in September.
Matt Lane joins Ollie Betteridge, Jordan Kelsall, Kevin Domingue, Mathieu Tousignant, Christophe Boivin & Jeremy Welsh among The Nottingham Panthers’ forward ranks for the 21/22 season.
Fixtures for the upcoming campaign will be released in August.
*Main image @PanthersIHC Matt Lane joins Nottingham from Tulsa Oilers.