Nathan Robinson: Nottingham Panthers forward leaves club

Nathan Robinson
Nathan Robinson has scored five goals and assisted 12 for Panthers this season

Nottingham Panthers forward Nathan Robinson has left the Elite League club after his visa expired.

The 32-year-old Canadian joined in July and played a key role in helping Panthers recover from a difficult start to climb to third in the Elite League.

Robinson's work permit expired on Tuesday, so Sunday's loss to Edinburgh was his last game for the club.

"We want him; he's been excellent, but he's got lots of offers," coach Corey Neilson told BBC Radio Nottingham.

Panthers head coach Corey Neilson
"A guy who is as good as him is going to have a lot of opportunity to go anywhere, so we respect that."

Robinson is yet to sign for a new club and Panthers have left the door open for a return, despite the forward's departure.

An article on the club website said: "We're now right at the very limit of his visa so there was no possibility of a third extension, but that doesn't mean we won't be keeping in touch."

Neilson added: "We like Nathan, he's a great hockey player and he's been a huge contributor for us in the last couple of months.

"A guy who is as good as him is going to have a lot of opportunity to go anywhere, so we respect that."

Robinson has contributed 17 points in 18 games for the Panthers, including two overtime goals against Dundee and Hull.

The defeat in Scotland on Sunday night was Nottingham's first in nine games, but they have two games in hand on leaders Braehead Clan and would go top by a point if they win both of those fixtures.

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