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THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers’ new defenceman, 27 year old American Jason Binkley, flew in to the UK this afternoon to hear the news that his paperwork has been sorted and approved and he has been cleared to debut in tomorrow (Sunday’s) crucial home game against the Belfast Giants.

The right-shooting blueliner has spent the last four years playing for the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL and was called up to the AHL as recently as December.

Director of Hockey Gui Doucet has already said of his latest recruit: “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.

Tickets for Sunday’s game (4pm) are still available, call 0843 373 3000, visit the box office or click here to buy online.

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