Nottingham Panthers re-sign forward Jeff Heerema

Jeff Heerema
Heerema is a former NHL first-round draft pick

Nottingham Panthers have re-signed forward Jeff Heerema for a second season at the National Ice Centre.

The 31-year-old Canadian is the 11th member of last season's double-winning squad to confirm he will play for the Panthers in 2011-12.

Player coach Corey Neilson told the club website: "Jeff proved capable of adapting to the game in Britain.

"He was unstoppable in a few key games and I have no doubt he will again prove to be an asset to the team."

Heerema played in the NHL for Carolina, who drafted him in 1998, had a spell with St Louis and spent six seasons in the AHL.

Meanwhile, Czech defenceman Angel Nikolov is leaving the club to play in France.

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