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The Nottingham Panthers are delighted to confirm the signing of defenceman Kelly Summers for the 2022/23 Premier Sports Elite League season.

Kelly joins the Panthers from German side Eispiraten Crimmitschau, with whom he has been since 2020, after spells in the ECHL & AHL following his graduation from Clarkson University.

During his time at Clarkson Kelly was named to the NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team (2014/15) and the NCAA (ECAC) First All-Star Team (2017/18) whilst contributing 71 points (18 goals, 53 assists) in 149 games for the programme over four seasons.

He then signed his first professional contract with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder where he spent two campaigns, earning himself a call-up to the AHL’s Binghamton Devils in the process during his sophomore season on the coast, adding 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) across 97 games to his resume.

Head Coach Gary Graham spoke to panthers.co.uk after securing Kelly’s signature for the upcoming campaign:

“Kelly is a true two-way defenceman that reads the play very well.

“He has a great shot and good first pass out of the zone, he is excited to be a Panther and play a big role at our club this season.”

Player sponsorship packages are available for Kelly Summers, please contact sarah@panthers.co.uk for more information.

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