|Gary Keward, a fan from the old days,
arrived back in the UK with his two sons, Dwayne & Chris, who were looking to play Ice
Hockey. They found their chosen sport at the Queens' Rd rink in Sheffield with a team
called the Lancers. Gary moved the Lancers to Nottingham, after eventually persuading new
rink manager Malcolm Balchin to give the game another try, and renamed them Panthers.
After a gap of 20 years Ice Hockey was back in Nottingham and Gary couldn't have known
what he was letting himself in for. After the opening match, in which Solihul Barons went
down 7-4, it took just four games for the team to be playing to packed houses, some fans
paying five times the face value for match tickets. Gary was to remain as manager until
84/85 season when he returned to Canada. He visited Nottingham in the late 90's to see the
Panthers in a much later guise.