Panthers Part With Graham

Nottingham Panthers have parted company with Head Coach Gary Graham after a poor start to the Elite League season, where the team are sixth place in the standings having won just four games and lost nine of their fifteen played.

American born Graham joined in the summer from the USHL with big intentions but results simply haven’t been good enough, Nottingham losing back-to-back matches against Guildford Flames last weekend, the final straw of a three match losing run having also been beaten 6-1 by Fife Flyers the previous weekend.

CEO, Omar Pacha, said: “Unfortunately, results have not been what the club was looking for.

“We feel making a change and bringing in a new voice will help give new direction to the group.

“I’d like to thank Gary for his time with the club and all his hard work throughout the season and the summer period. We wish him all the best for the future.”

The club have replaced Graham with an old favourite in Courey Neilson until the end of the season. The former player has won four playoff titles, six Challenge Cups and an Elite League title with Nottingham and said “I have been watching Panthers as a fan from afar for five years now, doing my stuff in different countries and trying to improve myself.

“I saw that Panthers were struggling a little bit and I wanted to be part of that solution.”

*Main image @PanthersIHC Gary Graham departs after two months of the season.

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