Panthers forward David Clarke passes goalscoring record

David Clarke
Clarke has scored 20 goals this season

Nottingham Panthers GB international forward David Clarke has become the Elite League's all-time leading goalscorer in all competitions.

Clarke converted a pass from Jordan Fox in Panthers' 9-3 victory over Hull on Thursday to move to 230 goals, passing former Coventry forward Adam Calder.

Clarke said: "It's a massive honour but not something you set your sights on when you start your career.

"I'm fortunate to have played with great players on great teams."

Clarke started his career at his home-town Peterborough Pirates, with whom he spent five seasons, before spells with the Newcastle Jesters, London Knights and Guildford Flames.

His association with Nottingham Panthers began in 2003 and, either side of a season with Alleghe in Italy, he has been in Nottingham ever since.

"It's a lot of goals but I wasn't aware till I got close," Clarke added.

"The lads have been amazing. A few actually got more excited than me - Brandon Benedict has been winding me up about it all week.

"There've been some great passes - the pass from Jordan Fox was phenomenal for me to bury - but with goals you can't create too many on your own.

"A lot of credit needs to go to my team-mates over the years. I'm very grateful to them."

At 30, Clarke says he has no plans to hang up his skates in the near future.

"The one thing that comes with records is generally retirement but I feel young enough to want to go on and extend this record," he said.

"This is all about my team-mates and not personal accolades - they're fantastic but you can appreciate them when you retire.

"I still want to win championships with Panthers and do well for my country. Records come hand in hand with winning."