Former Nottingham Panthers head coach and defenceman Corey Neilson will return for October’s testimonial tournament.
Neilson is added to the line-up – alongside Jordan Fox, Matt Francis, David Ling and Jonathan Weaver – for the SL45 All-Stars tournament at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Tuesday 30th October (7:30pm).
With a little bit of a twist to the usual testimonial game, the format will see four teams play each other once in a round-robin group with the top two teams progressing to the final.
There will be an NHL-style draft ahead of the night to select each roster and supporters have a chance to be part of the coaching staff and management of each team.
Neilson is the most successful coach in the club’s history and his number 77 shirt was retired by the club.
He won 14 major trophies, including leading the Panthers to the Elite League title in 2012-13.
“I am honoured to be part of Stevie’s testimonial game and he really deserves this honour,” Neilson said.
“He is a quiet leader and a person you can count on to fulfil his responsibilities and encourage his peers to do the same.
“I am looking forward to be back in Nottingham and seeing everyone again.”
Lee said: “I am so grateful to Corey for agreeing to come back and be part of the testimonial.
“Corey was not only an amazing player on the ice but a fantastic head coach and helped me so much in my development.”
Tickets for the SL45 All-Stars tournament are priced at £14 adults, £12 concession (seniors 60+, students with suitable ID, disabled/carers and teens 13 to 17) and £5 for children.
Under-2s are free of charge when not occupying a seat – a wristband will need to be requested from a steward on the day.
Tickets are on general sale but Panthers season ticket holders have until close of business at 9pm on Sunday 30th September to buy their seat.
Any unsold season ticket seats will then be released for general sale at 9am Monday 1st October.
To buy tickets please visit the Motorpoint Arena Box Office, purchase online at www.motorpointarenanottingham.com or call 0843 373 3000.