Nottingham Panthers have completed their roster ahead of the 2022/23 Elite League season with a huge number of signings incoming for a new look team headlined by the new management duo of coach Gary Graham and CEO Omar Pacha.
The exciting list of names got wrapped up on Monday night with three more announcements adding to the growing list of newbies with Brighton born forward Mike Hammond, previously of Glasgow Clan, Manchester Storm and Coventry Blaze, joining having played the last three seasons in Continental Europe.
Joining Hammond is Brett Welychka who signs having last played for Slovakian side HC Presov where he scored 30 points, 15 goals and 15 assists in 47 regular and post season games.
Finally, another forward in Stephen Anderson joins from Danish side Aalborg Pirates.
Canadian born Anderson is 27 and scored 23 points in 38 games last season, previous teams include DVTK Jegesmedvek of Slovakia where he appeared 24 times in 2020/21 scoring 19 points.
Gary Graham stating of his latest capture “Stephen is a complete player, the guy can pretty much play up and down your line-up.
“He comes with great pedigree, having played at the University of New Brunswick with Alex Dubeau and won a number of national CIS championships there ….. and that means he’s been in those winning locker rooms.
“Being around a winning culture is something I look for in players. He can score, he’s got very good vision, blocks shots, can kill penalties, can play on the powerplay, so what I’m saying is he’s a Swiss army knife who can do a bit of everything.”
The clubs squad numbers for the upcoming season are as follows.
Netminders… #31 Alex Dubeau #1 Jack Berry #33 Luca Sheldon #34 Matthew Bloor. Defenceman… #2 Mike Caruso #13 J.C. Brassard #21 Archie Hazeldine #27 Kelly Summers #28 Duggie Lagrone #75 Mathieu Gagnon #95 Craig Moore. Forwards… #8 Matthew Myers #9 Adam Brady #14 Jordan Kelsall #15 Jeremy Welsh #16 Stephen Anderson #19 Luke Ferrara #23 Jack Hopkins #61 Andrew Johnston #71 Craig Puffer #73 Tanner Sorenson #90 Mike Hammond #94 Brett Welychka.
*Main image @PanthersIHC Stephen Anderson in action.