The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the signing of Panthers legend Simon Hunt for the 2012/13 season.


(L-R) Lions GM Danny Harrison, Simon Hunt & Head Coach Matt Bradbury.

The 39 year-old veteran has come out of retirement and will return to the rink at Nottingham after a gap of twelve years away from competitive senior hockey.

The Nottingham-born, feisty forward made his debut for the Panthers at the tender age of fifteen and quickly became a fan-favourite, loved for the committed, no frills approach he brought to the Panthers’ play.

Apart from a handful of games for Coventry, ‘Hunty’ played-out his entire career for the Panthers, playing twelve consecutive seasons with his hometown club between 1988 and 2000.

The 5’7” local-lad was one of only a dozen British born-and-bred players icing in the Superleague during his time with the Panthers, earning him numerous appearances for the senior Great Britain squad.


'Hunty' in his GB days. Photo courtesy of The Cat's Whiskers.

Despite being best-known for his physical presence out on the ice with 1226 penalty minutes over his Panthers career, ‘Hunty’ was no slouch when it came to racking-up points, many with his ferocious slapshot as he claimed 269 goals and 165 assists in his 524 games.

Now, a whole new generation of hockey fans who missed out on seeing ‘Hunty’ the first time around will now get their opportunity to watch a legend at work as he dons the Lions’ #13 jersey for the coming season which begins in September.

LionsTV caught up with Simon and Head Coach Matt Bradbury after the signing and both their interviews are available to watch here.

Keep checking back at this week for more exiting signing news as well as a full report on the Lions’ performance at last Wednesday’s Olympic Ice Gala.

Monday, 02 July 2012.