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THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of 27 year old American defenceman Jason Binkley for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Jason, who shoots right, has spent the last four years playing for the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL and earned his first AHL call-up this season, the most recent of his four appearances for the Cleveland Monsters in North America’s second best league, behind only the NHL, coming in December.

The paperwork is ongoing and the Ferris State University graduate will hit the ice in Nottingham as soon as possible.

Director of Hockey Gui Doucet spoke to panthers.co.uk about his latest capture: “I like to be patient when it comes to signings and it’s not easy to do that so close to the deadline but I’m happy that I’ve got my man.

“We needed to add a right shot defenceman and to get a guy with Jason’s quality at this stage is huge for our team as we hunt down a run up the standings.

“The fact that Jason made his AHL debut this season shows he’s probably playing the best hockey of his career right now and we’re excited to see him in the black and gold of the Panthers as soon as possible.”

In 247 ECHL games at South Carolina, Utah, Cincinnati, and Fort Wayne over six seasons, Jason Binkley had 25 goals and 92 assists for 117 points and 139 penalty minutes with an overall +46 rating. Earlier he was +20 at college with Ferris State over four years.

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