David Ling: Nottingham Panthers star says he missed ice hockey

David Ling
David Ling was a fans' favourite during his season with Panthers, helping them win the treble in 2012-13

David Ling has said he was persuaded to return to Nottingham Panthers because he was missing ice hockey.

The Canadian forward, 40, was a key figure for the Panthers in 2013 as they won the Elite League title, the Challenge Cup and the play-offs.

Ling also played nearly 100 games in the NHL and more than 500 in the AHL.

"I was looking for work outside of hockey, but I love the game and I'm having a hard time getting away from it," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It's exciting. The last time I was here we finished on a good note and you come back to win - that's why I'm here. It's a fun place to play."

Ling was convinced to return for the rest of the season by Corey Neilson, having agreed to play in the Panthers coach's testimonial.

"I was asked to come back for his testimonial and it kind of started around that time. We joked around but then it became serious," explained Ling.