Nottingham Panthers’ Continental Cup win has been described as ‘monumental’ for the city of Nottingham by Councillor Graham Chapman.
Nottingham City Council’s deputy leader Cllr Chapman was the first to speak to the Nottingham Panthers’ adoring fans ahead of the celebrations in Old Market Square last night.
He said: “What this has done for the city is monumental and it needs to be celebrated more.
“The main thing is that we did it before our big rivals the Sheffield Steelers.”
The area in front of the Council House was a frenzy of fans in Panthers jerseys, all anticipating the arrival of their favourite players.
As each player walked out onto the stage to soak in the cheers from the supporters, the man who received the biggest ovation was speedy forward Alex Nikiforuk.
Panthers supporter Amber Ford, from Clifton, said: “Nikiforuk is my favourite player and he deserved that reception.
“We’ve won everything else so it was the right time for us to win Europe’s biggest ice hockey trophy.”
Confetti cannoned into the sky as the trophy was presented to the Nottingham Panthers players by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham Mohammed Saghir.
Panthers season ticket holder James Jose, of Sneinton, said: “With other sports teams in Nottingham going through some of their toughest times, it is great for Panthers to bring a bit of pride back.
“I just wish more people from Nottingham would get behind this wonderful club.”