Norway and Hungary in Nottingham
A few little niggles – “no more than to be expected at training camp” – appear to have cleared up and the whole squad will train today and tomorrow ahead of the weekend matches against Stavanger from Norway on Saturday at seven o’clock and against MAC Budapest from Hungary on Sunday at four o’clock.
This weekend the Internet Motor Parts International Challenge Series draws to a conclusion with two more big pre-season games.
Said head coach Rich Chernomaz: “The guys had some zip at training yesterday and everyone’s looking forward to the weekend. Both of these teams have won championships in recent times, they will be two games worth watching.”
We’re still building the match night package with the intention of a full launch at the Challenge Cup game against Sheffield on September 1st. The video team are still looking to grab footage during the last of the pre-season action for the new intro video but we may have a sneak preview of it in some form or another.
We’ve had fans asking to see the Aladdin Cup which was won on the opening weekend against Cardiff so that will be in one of the merchandise display cabinets for fans to have pictures with if they want to.
The shirt off his back prizes this weekend will be Luke Pither’s shirt on Saturday and John Rheault’s shirt on Sunday.
After the games Panthers will be eating meals supplied by the Arena Catering team, check out their offering in Encore and around the concourse while you’re at the match.
Fans are reminded the season long parking deal from Nottingham City Parking for the Arena Car Park is available. It works out at less than £2 per game day and you can use it all day on match days. It is available from 0115 8761444.
Fans can use their match tickets or season ticket cards to cash in on the £2 return deal on the trams again this season to get to games.
The fifty-50 cash prize draw is in operation on both nights. The sellers will be in their bright new bibs so look out for them and remember you’ve got to be in it to win it.
There is a free teams rosters sheet available at the games whilst stocks last, for anyone wanting to keep a check on the game stats. The full match magazine will be back next weekend for the game on September 1st against Sheffield with a brand new chance to win genuine retro play-off jerseys. Watch out for that at the game against Sheffield.
There are a number of retro memorabilia shirts for sale at the DVD stand this weekend as we launch our season-long fund-raising for Autism East Midlands.
Fans will be able to pay on the door this weekend BUT as ever we'd suggest getting there early if you plan to buy a ticket last minute. You can guarantee your place in the crowd by buying online (click on the right), from 0843 373 3000 or by visiting the box office.
WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF NEW FANS COMING TO THE GAMES AS PANTHERS’ POPULARITY CONTINUES TO SPREAD. TO HELP THEM - a newcomers’ guide to some of the rules for the fastest team sport in the world:
The rule book is hundreds of pages thick but there are some basics that help newcomers understand what’s going on around them.
To start with, it’s five skaters and a goalie per team. Two skaters on defence, three up front.
If the ref gives a team a penalty then the offending player sits in the penalty box.
If an opponent takes a penalty at the same time the penalties cancel each other out.
Penalties lead to power-plays and penalty-kills.
One team has to skate short-handed while the other has a man-advantage.
If a team scores on a power-play a player serving a minor (two minute penalty) returns to the ice. If he’s serving a major (five minute penalty) his team goes the full five minutes without him or a replacement regardless of whether the opposition score or not.
Offside is different in ice hockey to football. The puck must enter the attack zone (beyond the blue line) ahead of any attacking players. It’s as simple as that.
A team that is caught offside may be given the chance to “float” back onside without a whistle if they don't play the puck 'in the zone'.
The team that scores most goals wins! There’s ALWAYS a winner at ice hockey, if the score is tied at the end of sixty minutes we will have a period of sudden-death overtime (three skaters v three skaters) and if no-one scores in overtime we go to penalties!
Other rules will be explained by the announcer along the way or ask a neighbour, Panthers have some of the most knowledgeable spectators in the game.
The puck travels fast and is very hard. Please keep your eye on it at all times.
Panthers’ games are covered by copyright law. Unauthorized photography, filming, broadcasting and streaming of home matches is prohibited. Offenders will be excluded and could be subject to legal proceedings and or claims for damages.Please do not leave or go to your seat whilst the puck is in play. It’s rude and it’s dangerous.
The more you see the more you’ll understand and the more you’ll enjoy a night with the Panthers.
ENJOY THE GAME AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS … THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A NIGHT OUT AT THE NOTTINGHAM PANTHERS.
THE LOUDER THE ROAR … THE BIGGER THE SCORE!