The Nottingham Panthers are delighted to confirm their latest signing of forward Andrew Johnston for the 2022/23 Premier Sports Elite League season.
Johnston joins the Panthers from the French side Rouen Dragons playing in the Ligue Magnus, recording 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 55 games across all domestic competitions. He was a key member of the 2021/22 Dragons team that competed in the prestigious European Champions Hockey League, with Rouen enjoying a fairy-tale run to the Quarter Finals, knocking out Austrian powerhouse Red Bull Salzburg in the round of 16.
Overall, Andrew has enjoyed four incredibly successful seasons in the French top division, icing in 181 games for Bordeaux, Chamonix and Rouen, whilst contributing a solid 162 points (60 goals, 102 assists).
Previously the native of Saskatoon, Canada spent 2016/17 with Hungarian side DVTK Jegesmedvék, where he enjoyed a remarkable first season in Europe winning the ERSTE Liga Championship, as well as the MOL League Championships. He joined the EIHL’s Coventry Blaze in season 2019/20, racking up 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 57 games across all competitions.
Prior to making the move to Europe in 2016, this exciting forward spent four professional seasons in North America playing in the AHL (50 games) and ECHL (157 games), with 75 more points added to his record.
Head Coach Gary Graham gave panthers.co.uk his thoughts on the signing: “Andrew is an exciting centreman who plays through the middle of the ice with great pace.
“He’s a good face-off guy, has previous experience in this league and his high hockey IQ makes him a valuable addition in all aspects of our team strategy.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Andrew and his family settle into Nottingham and become part of our Panthers’ family.”
The Panthers start off their pre-season campaign with back-to-back friendly matches on August 27th and 28th against Sheffield Steelers with a home match on the Saturday night (7pm) to be played at the Motorpoint Arena followed by an away day in South Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon (4pm).
*Main image @PanthersIHC Johnston wearinig Rouen Dragons colours is no stranger to black and yellow.