Nottingham Ice Arena ahead of the CHL fixture tonight

As Nottingham prepares for its biggest European sporting night in over 20 years, fans and players are getting ready for what is being called “Believe Day” for the Panthers.

Tonight at The Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Panthers take on the Zurich Lions in the second leg of the last 16 Champions Hockey League tie.

The Panthers put out a hard fought performance in the first leg in the Swiss capital as they fell to a 3-1 defeat but they are optimistic for tonight’s game.

Approximately 6000 fans are expected in the arena for tonight’s 7pm kick off with roughly 200 Lions fans travelling from Zurich.

The Nottingham team were the first ever British team to win a European trophy in the sport after winning last season’s Continental Cup, qualifying them for the Champions Hockey League.

Nottingham Panthers Player Mathieu Gagnon said:  “We have a crowd behind us, we’re pumped for the game and it’s going to be a huge game for us.”